When you first become a head coach you want everyone to know you are in control. You are the boss, you’ve been preparing for this for years, and you are ready. You want your players to see you as a strong leader from the jump, so you have to avoid showing any signs of weakness.
The power and control that comes with being a head coach can be intoxicating. It’s important to control that in your own head. Recognize it, and don’t get locked into it.
When first taking over as a head coach it’s important to remember it’s okay to ask for help. There are so many resources in the business – including other coaches at all levels – that can help you find your footing as you are building a program.
Asking for help is a sign of strength, not a sign of weakness. It shows that you are comfortable in your own skin, that you don’t have to prove you have all of the answers. So many people see it the other way around.
Whether it’s with your staff, your boss, other coaches around you our your peers, listening to different perspectives is a great way for your leadership approach to evolve. Be willing to show some vulnerability with the people around you and seek out valuable information. No one is a great leader alone. Asking for help when you need it shows your strength.