Able to catch up on some reading on my flight to Louisville to during the second July recruiting period.  Loved this bit from Malcolm Gladwell’s “David and Goliath” about the “Principle of Legitimacy.  Three great concepts that relate directly to teaching and coaching.

“When people in authority want the rest of us to behave, it matters – first and foremost – how they behave.

This is called the “principle of legitimacy,” and legitimacy is based on three things.  First of all, the people who are asked to obey authority have to feel like they have a voice  – that if they speak up, they will be heard.  Second, the law has to be predictable.  There has to be a reasonable expectation that the rules tomorrow are going to be roughly the same as the rules today.  And third, the authority has to be fair.  It can’t treat one group differently from another.”

Relatively simple stuff, but think about it and relate it to your team.  Do your players feel like they have a voice?  Is your “law” predictable?  And do you treat one group (or player) differently from another?

The answers probably go a long way towards whether or not they consider your authority legitimate.

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