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The five characteristics of successful coaches

Yesterday came across an article by renowned author John C. Maxwell that focused on the five main characteristics possessed by successful coaches. Maxwell has authored over 60 books centered around leadership (selling more than 19 million copies in all) including titles like Talent is Never Enough, Winning With People, and The 17 Indisputable Qualities of a Team Player.

Maxwell explains in the piece that while coaches like Mike Ditka and Phil Jackson have many differences, there are five characteristics that all successful coaches have in common.

They establish trust
They lend perspective
They orchestrate people
They ensure preparation
They provide discipline and accountability

We highly recommend taking a look at the full article here, where Maxwell also provides an explanation and example of each characteristic.


Author: Doug Samuels
Doug Samuels has been with FootballScoop since 2011. Samuels joined the FootballScoop staff after serving as a college scout as well as an assistant coach at the college level, where he was fortunate enough to have coached every offensive position by age 24. Samuels is a lifelong Michigan State fan, no huddle enthusiast, and currently coaches high school football in West Michigan.