Developing as a coach: leadership, culture, and purpose

Brian T. Gearity, Christoph Szedlak

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Coaching, like leadership and culture, often gets reduced to simplicities and shallow observations or expressions. To combat these entrenched views and their associated practices, this chapter provides a critical review of some of the literature on leadership and culture, presented in such a way as to invite the reader into critical reflection and self-, organizational, and social improvement. This chapter calls for a cultural shift in strength and conditioning (S&C): away from grand narratives on science, leadership, and coaching, and towards an approach to S&C coach education that seeks dynamic, critical, and creative thinkers, who can problematize what knowledge and practice do in everyday life. Tomorrow’s leaders in S&C will demonstrate the interconnectedness of science, wisdom, and ethics, what was, what is, and what should be, and exercise their power responsibly, negotiating the needs and wants of many.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAdvanced Strength and Conditioning
EditorsPaul Comfort, Anthony N. Turner
Place of PublicationLondon
Number of pages408
ISBN (Print)9781000534139
Publication statusPublished - 14 Feb 2022


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