Jim Gavin’s principles
Transformational Leadership — leading from the front
“From the first day I stepped into cadet school, we were told to serve to lead. Not the other way around. So if you’ve ambitions as head coach that they’re there for you, well then you’re not gonna get the success.”
“Eisenhower said: ‘You don’t lead people by hitting them over the head. That’s assault, not leadership.’ It’s about empowering your athletes, empowering your players to be the very best. Creating an environment in which they can excel. So the environment and the culture you have as a leader will drive our behaviours as athletes.”
“Alex Ferguson wouldn’t win as much as he did if he wasn’t humble enough… His players had to work harder than everyone else, understanding that their successes are in the past, that each season presents its own new challenges and what worked for you the previous season, won’t work again. You have to keep challenging yourself.”
Honesty — the Just Culture “In the aviation industry, I probably get through my inbox 1,000 emails reports from pilots, air-traffic controllers, engineers... By European law, they have to report mistakes. It’s accepted in aviation that humans make mistakes. So we don’t blame humans. Once you have the competency, the skillset and the aptitude, once you have that framework, if you make a mistake, let’s learn from the mistake.
“I’m involved in aviation accident investigations. By law, I can’t apportion blame or liability on that pilot. All I can do is find out why it happened, the root cause, and let the industry know, spread the word out amongst the global community to make sure that accident doesn’t happen again, that you as a passenger have a safe journey.
“So in creating an environment where your athletes can have an honest two-way conversation, that they know that you are not going to slap their hand when they put their hand up.
“And likewise you as a coach are humble enough to understand that you will make mistakes as well.”
Respice Finem — The End “What is your intent? What winning looks like for you.”