Someone once stated: “Speed of the Leader – Speed of the Team” I couldn’t agree more! Competence is defined as, “The intuitive knowledge and ability to do something successfully or efficiently.”
Have you ever seen a successful assistant baseball coach or area scout bomb out on being a head coach or scouting director when they got the opportunity? It can happen because there are different competencies needed for being an assistant coach or area scout, than there are for a head coach or directing and managing a scouting staff. This scene all to often repeats itself.
When an individual gets hired or promoted who lacks competence, they will get frustrated, and everyone around them does as well. Moving an unqualified person into leadership is always a bad move. We have all seen people placed in leadership roles who were not yet ready to lead a team or department. When this happens, everyone ends up frustrated and the entire team will suffer. Your leadership and competence will rise only to it’s level. You can count on it! It will not be a matter of “if” but “when.”
When selecting the right baseball leader for your team and organization, it is always important to look for people who have a qualified level of competency. They need to be people who are wired to give leadership to those they are leading. The word “Competent” is front and center. You definitely want a leader with the right type of character and conduct, however skill (or competency) is just as important.
Stretch your thinking here for a minute. A very big missing ingredient in becoming a quality baseball leader on a team and organization is the ability to surround yourself with people who have quality strengths. Be honest with yourself and hire someone competent not just your buddy. Buddies who are not competent will directly impact you.
Drawing on the strengths of others is the mark of a great leader! Competency answers the “Can this coach or scout get the job done” question. Are they proven? Are they skilled? Are they properly trained? Do they have the required relational and communication skills? When I think of a competent leader being a responsible leader – the following six important characteristics come to mind…
Faithful: A leader in baseball who does not “show up” everyday and give their best to his team and organization is not a competent leader. They are faithful to the process. No matter how gifted you are in your ability as a baseball coach or scout. Being faithful to “show up” everyday is essential to those you are leading.
Available: When looking to select a person to lead your team or department choose a person who is available when you need them. You shouldn’t have to chase them down relentlessly. Availability is vital to the team members they are leading and to those they are accountable too. If that individual is having a hard time being available, they probably are not ready for leadership and the red lights of competency should be blinking.
Teachable: A leader in baseball who thinks they know it all or feels like they have all the answers is not a competent leader. Leaders are readers. Remaining teachable is very important. A leader must remain humble in order to remain teachable. Be teachable and those you are leading will go the extra mile for your team and organization.
Passion: A leader in baseball who is competent simply has a deep passion to lead! They genuinely care about the team, players, staff and families they are leading, and have a passion to lead them. Either you have passion or you don’t. Passion cannot be taught. A talented baseball coach or scout is important, however passion trumps it every time. If you can combine the two, then you have the potential for greatness.
Unified: A leader in baseball who is not unified at the end of the day with his team, players and staff will not be a responsible leader. It’s a must that everyone is on the same page. You can respectfully disagree regarding a player, potential prospect, or staff member, however at the end of the day unity is essential to thrive as a team and organization.
Team: A leader in baseball is someone who sees the whole as more important than one individual. Anyone who is going to join your team and organization better bleed what you bleed or you’re asking for trouble. Team and organizational leaders know how to bring people together rather than pulling them apart. Their focus is simply on what is best for the team and organization. They make it a point that all egos and agendas are checked at the door to the office or clubhouse. They protect the culture of their team. If it doesn’t benefit the team and organization, it’s not welcome.
So, the question is simple. What kind of team leader are you? Baseball teams and organizations are looking for competent leaders – not necessarily superstar leaders. As you look back over the list above, I encourage you to ask yourself how you are doing?
Remember, everything rises and falls on leadership! Those you are leading are influencing are depending on you.
What six characteristics above are you still working to develop?