Coach Claire Terblanche Shares Advice to Be a Valuable Leader

Head Coach of the Six-Gun Grill Western Province Women’s team, Claire Terblanche, shares advice to coaches on becoming a valuable leader on and off the field. Photo: Supplied

Head Coach of the Six-Gun Grill Western Province Women’s team, Claire Terblanche, shares advice to coaches on becoming a valuable leader on and off the field.

Terblanche firmly believes in learning from past mistakes to work towards achieving set goals.

She says the following tips for constructive leadership and the importance of former players giving back to developing future stars:

Stay True to Yourself:

Leadership is best done when you stay true to yourself, the person you are is why you have formed and been placed in a position of leadership. Open communication and an open mind with teammates and management, allow for a communication flow between everyone within the team space, promoting positive team culture in the process.

Always keep learning from your mistakes as a leader… the willingness to grow from mistakes can only make you a stronger leader in life.

Ask questions from the Seniors around you, the experienced people around you, listen and take in what others have been through, and learn from what they have done. This way you can implement your brand of leadership through a combination of experiences and knowledge, outside of your views and experiences.

Constructive Growth in Players Journeys:

The testing times would be the hours of work put in behind the scenes but still not getting an opportunity to showcase the work out in the middle. Keep going when it seems like you are not going to get a chance to play but remember that the process is to be ready and able when the opportunity arrives. To run with what you have worked on behind the scenes and know that you are ready when the opportunity presents itself.

The hardest part of developing good players is the waiting time in between the hard yards and the opportunity to play. As long as the player and coach speak the same language, knowing where we are going and what we are working towards, the process will be strong and the outcome will be given the best opportunity to succeed.

Importance of Former Players Giving Back:

I am a big advocate of having former players or even current international players give back into the game. The knowledge and experience gained over the years of playing cricket shouldn’t be kept to yourself. There is a whole generation of cricketers coming through the ranks and your experiences can only help others succeed… but then you’ll need to share that knowledge in your team space, go to Provincial training sessions and chat with your teammates. If you have travelled the world playing cricket in varying conditions, share that experience, talk cricket to the younger players… this inspires an entire generation to want to be better, to want to work harder because maybe, just maybe they can also have that worldly experience and pass it on the others coming up after them.

 

Photo 1 Caption: Head Coach of the Six-Gun Grill Western Province Women’s team, Claire Terblanche, shares advice to coaches on becoming a valuable leader on and off the field. Photo: Supplied

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Selina Munsamy

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I am a sports enthusiast. I am newly appointed KZN Women's Cricket Manager for the 2019/2020 season. My passion lies in cricket, technically I live and breathe cricket. I am a Scorer affiliated to KZN Cricket Scorer's Association. I also coach mini cricket for Tongaat Cricket Union. Live, Laugh and Love with Sport.

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