Educating or yelling as a leadership style?
Every coach, just like every person, has their own unique personality. In my 35 years of coaching I’ve worked for many different head coaches. I’ve also had the opportunity as a defensive coordinator to observe position coaches on the field and in the classroom.
My personality and background is that of an educator or teacher. Most likely it came from my experience when I was playing football at the University of Delaware. The coaches were all organized, passionate, and prided themselves as teachers. We didn’t have what I would consider really loud coaches. The loud coach is not one who is loud only by volume by his vulgar, demeaning, and negative style. There are leaders in football and other professions who prefer this loud and intimidating approach. I’ve been on many staffs where the head coach also prefers and encourages this style of coaching. It can be very effective as well.
When that is your methodology usually it is a result of a lack of confidence in your knowledge, organization, communication, or teaching.
My preference has always been more of the teaching or educator’s approach to developing leadership. I do think it has slowed me down in my professional advancement. It is important for leaders to be sure they are not mistaking kindness for weakness.
Loud doesn’t always mean strong, demanding, detailed, and organized. There are times loud in volume is necessary and it’s even more effective when it is used sparingly.
Words that build up, encourage, and inspire players will benefit more in the long run. There are many scripture quotes about the benefits of building others up. 2 Corinthians 13:10 “…. authority the Lord gave me for building up and not for tearing down.”
In life and sports, there are times when loud must be used. Effective leaders know when and why and use it only when required to get the highest level of performance from their teams.