Coaches, Officials and Recreation Leaders Program

Developing effective leadership and capacity in individuals.

Applications are closed for this course.

The Coaches, Officials and Recreation Leaders Positive Leadership Series 2022 is a series of workshops over four months designed to support the development of effective leadership.

Four modules will be delivered between 8.30am to 4.30pm and applicants must be available during these hours.

All modules will be delivered at Sport HQ at SportWest in Floreat.

Applicants must be able to attend all workshops in the series:

  • 27 July 2022
  • 17 August 2022
  • 14 September 2022
  • 12 October 2022

Dr Sandy Gordon from Performance Perspectives International will be delivering the program. He is a trained and authorised user of the two diagnostic tools being used for development, and a trained sports psychologist who has developed the course content from a researched, professional perspective.

Positive Leadership Series

4 modules: July to October 2022

Module 1: Positive Meaning: Leading Self and Enhancing Emotional Intelligence

This module explores understanding self through DISC sport and strengths profile data interpretation, mental models, understanding different emotions and how to manage them, and values-based goal setting. Themes include:

  • interpretation of athlete assessment DISC adapted and natural leadership styles
  • debriefing strengths profiles: using realised strengths wisely, unrealised strengths more, learned behaviours when needed and weaknesses less
  • growth vs fixed mindsets and values-based goal setting
  • the importance of emotional intelligence to effective leadership.

Module 2: Positive Climate: Resilience and Mental Toughness

This module explores how to reduce stress, create proactive and reactive resilience strategies, and enhance emotional resilience for personal effectiveness.

Themes include:

  • self-assessments: coping strategies, resilience quotient, mental toughness index
  • how to reduce stress and navigate moods, feelings and difficult days
  • use of CBT and ACT strategies e.g. acceptance and commitment coaching (ACC)
  • develop resilience capability and capacity skills for personal effectiveness.

Module 3: Positive Communication: Creating Positive Learning Environments

This module invites participants to reflect on their VIA strengths, proficiency in giving and receiving effective feedback, actively and constructively responding to those they lead, and creating psychologically safe environments characterised by positive communication.

Themes include:

  • using VIA strengths data to reflect on how to model confidence for others
  • giving and receiving feedback effectively using SBI/BI and DESC models
  • developing the ‘art of playing badly well’ in self and others
  • dispensing radical candor effectively using appropriate rewards and punishments.

Module 4: Positive Relationships: Managing Others and Managing Change

This module focuses on ethical behaviour, developing personal power, using DISC data to recognise and adapt to difficult people, fostering positive relationships, understanding emotional responses to change and transitions, and developing positive team cultures.

Themes include:

  • identify different kinds of power and their use and potential abuse
  • self-assessment: conflict management orientation style
  • handling different types of difficult people using different strategies
  • defusing objections, resistance and encouraging people to be more cooperative
  • understand models of transition and change.

Participant expectations

The success of the program is dependent upon committed and dedicated participants who are seeking to play an active leadership role in delivering success in the talent development environment. Places are strictly limited, so those wishing to be accepted onto the program must be committed to:

  • attending the full workshop series
  • being stretched and challenged
  • being an active participant in the program, including being able to commit the time and effort required to complete the profiling tool prior to the first module commencing and post-workshop reflection exercises
  • actively sharing learnings in your sport/recreation.
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