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Lessons with Lancaster: 3 Top Tips for Building a Great Team

Stuart Lancaster, Senior Coach at European champions Leinster, kicks off his leadership club with the three fundamentals for building winning foundations.
John Portch

“I’m looking forward to passing on everything that I’ve learned.” And so begins Stuart Lancaster’s leadership club in which the Leinster Senior Coach seeks to explore topics of leadership through a series of online presentations, modules and webinars. “It’s everything that I’ve done but it’s also leaders and coaches that I’ve worked with, for, or observed”


In collaboration with the Leaders Performance Institute, Lancaster is making these lessons available to the sports performance community in a multi-part series that kicks off with the importance of building strong foundations in pursuit of high performance, and Lancaster, known to the Leaders community as a thoughtful and engaging speaker on matters of culture and high performance, has three top tips for you.

Number one is the importance of having a plan that extends beyond winning. “The question is what happens when you achieve your goals?” he asks. “There needs to be a high purpose that engages the hearts and minds of the people you are leading.”

Next is the importance of a vision focused on creating a team-first culture, where values, behaviours and people come before winning if you ultimately want your successes to be sustainable.

Finally, Lancaster signs off with an exploration of his leadership pyramid, which creates a firm hierarchy of needs relating to such areas as identity, behaviours & standards and player-led leadership.

“There will be an opportunity to take questions and expand on some of the things that really resonate with you.”

Here begins the Lessons with Lancaster.


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