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Guest Speaker Performance | 4.03.19

Lessons With Lancaster: Building Belief in Your Teams

Stuart Lancaster of European champions Leinster says that teams don't rise to the occasion under pressure - they fall or rise to the level of their training.

“The highest levels of performance are underpinned by the deepest levels of belief.”


Stuart Lancaster would know. As Senior Coach of Leinster Rugby, he helped the Dublin-based club to win the European Rugby Champions Cup and the Pro14 league championship in 2018 and they are in the hunt to repeat that feat this year.

He argues that belief is essential in those moments when the going gets tough: “Under pressure you don’t rise to the occasion – we rise or fall to our levels of training.”

In this final instalment in Lancaster’s module on the qualities of a great leader, he delves into the importance of using training to build a reputation to counter the character of rival teams, as well as the significance of establishing two points of difference – attributes that set your team apart in defence and attack – on which a leader can construct a team’s self-belief and confidence.

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