Leadership & Culture, Performance | Jul 2, 2020
The former England cricket captain discusses the loneliness of leadership and finding a purpose beyond the result.

“Winning is not a good thing to think of as a goal,” says former England cricket captain Sir Andrew Strauss.

“Look,” he clarifies, “you have to win – in high performance sport you can’t go too long without winning and remain in position. Winning has to be a focus – but it’s got to be part of something bigger.”

Strauss, who chairs the England & Wales Cricket Board [ECB] cricket committee, is speaking of the moment that his England team, in 2011, reached No1 in the International Cricket Council [ICC] Test team world rankings and the accompanying sense of anticlimax.

It is an issue he discusses during this episode of At Home With Leaders with co-hosts Matthew Stone, Leaders’ Senior Product Manager, and sports psychologist and consultant Michael Caulfield, whose clients include Brentford FC, Northampton Saints RFC and Hampshire CCC.

Strauss also chats about:

– His time as Director of Cricket at the ECB between 2015 and 2018 [15:30];

– Why leadership can be lonely [26:30];

– Coping with criticism and media scrutiny [28:00];

– Setting up the Ruth Strauss Foundation in honour of his late wife, whom he lost to lung cancer [33:00].

Michael Caulfield: Twitter | LinkedIn

Matthew Stone: Twitter | LinkedIn

Further listening:

At Home With Leaders – Chris Powell

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