Jim Gavin’s prin­ci­ples

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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.”

Em­pow­er­ing play­ers

“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.”

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