#LeadersCorner: How to Become a Successful Leader in Sport

SASCOC Vice-President, Lwandile Simelane, is the youngest board member and has built a powerful name as a sports administrator. Photo: Supplied

SASCOC Vice-President, Lwandile Simelane and Vice-Chairperson of ASA Athletes Commission, Kesa Molotsane, share vital tips as you embark on your journey to success in leadership roles.

We all aim to be the best version of ourselves in our respective fields and it is not just the degree that we possess or the skills that we have gained over the years that transforms us into good leaders or administrators.

There are, however, many contributing factors that allow us to become the best, if we are willing to go the extra mile.

At SASCOC, Simelane is the youngest board member and has built a powerful name as a sports administrator. She says the following tips has helped her reach great heights in her career:

1. Show no fear: Be brave enough to be yourself at all times and trust your instincts. Be confident to make decisions even if they may be wrong decisions because bravery will allow you to admit when you are wrong and get moving on finding solutions.

2. Know the work: Knowledge, experience and qualifications is key. Know the work in order to do the work well. Be qualified for the work so that you can contribute positively.

3. Integrity, integrity, integrity: Governance and more especially integrity is critical in making successful sports leaders. Follow rules, policies and regulations and leave the organization in a better state than you found it in.

4. Do not be a prisoner of position: You will not die if you elected or appointed. Do not be a prisoner of position. It is always easier to work when you are not desperate or clinging on power.

Molotsane, a middle-distance runner turned administrator, is using her passion for sport and degree in BA in General Management to  assist those who wish to pursue a career in sports administration:

1. Time Management: To be considered a successful sports administrator or leader requires a lot from an individual. Such roles require you to have extreme multi-tasking skills. As bad as it sounds, we are expected to always be on par as far as time-management is concerned.

2. Dedication is Key: One needs to be committed and loyal to the sport, because a lot of dedication is expected. We work with different individuals and entities from different platforms and environments so you should be able to adapt easily.

3. Ensuring Fairness for the Good: Sports administration or leadership requires hard work, accuracy, a great decision-making mind and be a distinct problem solver. We face challenges on a daily basis, so you should at least have rigid conflict-management skills to maintain peace, especially between athletes, coaches, mentors, athlete representatives, clubs and sponsors.

4. Keep Your Spirit High: Sport is meant to bring people together so a friendly and approachable personality can go a long way.

5. Know Your True North: You need to have a clear vision, mission and a sound mandate when you are involved in sport. The main objective should be to grow, improve and to maintain the excellence in sports.


Photo 1 Caption: SASCOC Vice-President, Lwandile Simelane, is the youngest board member and has built a powerful name as a sports administrator. Photo: Supplied


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Selina Munsamy

Selina Munsamy

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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