What makes a leader?


Every team needs one or more leaders on the pitch who ensure that every player gives their all and the team remains united even in difficult situations. Today we’ll present a few characteristics that are essential for a leader.

Take responsibility

If you can strike the ball accurately and you are sure of it, you can, or even ought to, take charge of dead-ball situations. Take the decisive penalty or free kick. You need to be able to deal with pressure to be a leader, but only if you are really the best option for a given situation. Be prepared to take a stand and speak up. Don’t be afraid to express your opinion in a respectful and appropriate manner.

Motivate others, give 110% and lead

You have to be there for your team and build up your teammates. Give encouragement after conceding goals and demand a reaction from the team after going behind. Always lead by example, boost your teammates’ confidence and direct them. Remind them of the coaching team’s instructions and urge them to put them into practice on the pitch. As a leader, you are also the coach’s voice away from the dugout.

Use your body language

None of the above is possible unless your body language signals to the others that you really are a leader. You have to be confident and positive. Demand the ball on the pitch and make yourself big. If you lift your head and broaden your shoulders, your teammates as well as the opposing team will have more respect for you.

Determination paves the way to success

You must be determined to take responsibility. There are players who are born leaders, but you can also learn to become one. The coach can slowly prepare you for the role so that it is reinforced over time. That way your responsibility is increased gradually. As you are given more responsibilities you get used to being the focal point. Most of the time this role goes to the players who can identify most ardently with the conventions and objectives of the team. In doing so, they make the most significant contribution to the unity of the team. It also means that there can be several leading players per team. Different characters can bring out different strengths. However, they should only serve one goal: the success of the team!

If your attitude is right, you will have what it takes to be a leader. Whether your attributes ultimately fit the bill is decided on the pitch. You shouldn’t force yourself into this role. At the end of the day, too many leading players are not good for a team either.