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Coaches vs. Leaders

Updated: Jun 15, 2022

It’s one thing to be a great coach.

To possess the eye that it takes to pick up on movement nuances.

To possess the cues that will enhance performance and/or output.

To possess deep knowledge of the human body in at least one realm (musculoskeletal, biomechanical, biochemical, nutritional, etc)

To possess and display the skills that they ask of their athletes.

But it’s another thing to be a leader.

A leader carries all of the same qualities as a great coach, but rather than possessing all of their knowledge: they share it. They have the ability to share it in a way that is digestible and applicable.

That doesn’t mean they write everything down and share it freely.

A leader understands that in order to create change, we need widespread allegiance toward one goal.


And how do we achieve that?

Through communication and sharing information in a way that is understood by everyone.

Without communication, we’d have no idea that we have a goal in common let alone spark a large enough wave to create the change required to do so!

Without communication, information cannot be shared. And without proper communication, information shared may be wildly misunderstood.

A great coach will explain things very well, maybe even to a T.

A leader will always make sure their explanation is understood and confirmed by the receiver.


A great coach will suggest only what they know is best for getting results. Leading to the separation of followings and eventually turmoil. There is no widespread agreement towards a goal, just a majority vs minority.

Leaders are great coaches who take their knowledge and share it amongst their people in a way that is digestible and easy to understand. In a way that motivates the group to create a wave of change. That requires educating oneself on how to move people with their communication.

(Yes, this includes body language too!)

This helps the group to stand on a singularly united front marching towards the common goal and success is achieved.

Who are some coaches that came to mind during this read?

Who are some leaders?

Write down some qualities of both that’d you’d like to embody.

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