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The Making of a Leader: What Elite Sport Can Teach Us About Leadership, Management and Performance

Tom Young

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Management: leadership & motivation

A unique, inspiring insight into the leadership principles, beliefs and strategies applied by seven individuals operating in high-performance environments, based on interviews and experiences from the pinnacle of elite sport by performance psychologist Tom Young

From polar explorers and politicians to CEOs and sports coaches, we are fascinated with the makeup of leaders.

How do they thrive under pressure and inspire others to do the same? How do they establish a culture of long-term success?

Performance psychologist Tom Young has worked closely with teams and individuals at the highest level of professional sport. He has seen how leaders in these high-pressure environments communicate, how they maintain focus and respond to challenges. In The Making of a Leader, Young shares the practical principles of sustained elite performance and shows how any individual can add value to their own business or organisation by applying these insights.

You will learn how to develop a leadership philosophy that is true to your values, effectively manage and get results from individuals and teams, establish a high-performance culture and bring value to your organisation - in short, the ingredients that make a leader. These lessons are based on interviews with:

- Stuart Lancaster, current Leinster coach and former Head Coach of the England national RFU team
- Ashley Giles, ECB Director of Cricket during England's 2019 World Cup win
- Gary Kirsten, record-breaking former international batsman and World Cup-winning coach of the Indian national team
- Dan Quinn, Head

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Praise for The Making of a Leader: What Elite Sport Can Teach Us About Leadership, Management and Performance

  • There is no such thing as a single "recipe for success" . . . yet this book shows that in the world of professional sport these proven and renowned leaders all have their own rules of strategy, which have brought continued success and recognition. Especially, of course, Sean Dyche of Burnley FC!

  • Although elite athletes understand the keys to excellence, you rarely have the chance to get inside their heads. You're in luck: Tom Young has solved that problem. As a performance psychologist, he's worked closely with some of the world's best in both individual and team sports. In this fascinating book, he shares his rich experiences and his keen insights on the science - and the practice - of achieving and sustaining success

  • Sport, and especially golf, has so many elite, standout individual performers, but the key to building a winning team is understanding each individual within it. This book offers fascinating insight into man management and the attributes needed to be an effective leader, which is incredibly useful and relevant to me ahead of captaining the 2020 European Ryder Cup team

  • Full of important lessons that you learn as a leader in sport that are as applicable to business environments as they are to elite sports

  • I am always looking to learn from other sports and this book gives a unique insight into what it takes to navigate the challenges of high performance

  • Drawing on rich narratives of proven leaders in elite sports like rugby, soccer and NFL, this engaging book steers clear of the jargon and the buzzwords to leave readers with compelling lessons for their own leadership at the end of every chapter. If you want to be a leader or become a better leader, man or woman, in sport or any other sector, this book is for you

  • A great insight into how leaders help shape and nurture high performance environments. Full of relevant lessons for any current or aspiring leader

  • A valuable addition to the high performance literature. Read it

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Tom Young

Tom Young is a Performance Psychologist (C.Psychol, HCPC) specialising in team dynamics and leadership. His academic study began at Lancaster University and continued at Liverpool John Moores University where he graduated from their globally recognised MSc programme in sport psychology.

Tom has worked with teams and individuals at the highest level of professional sport, providing psychological support to organisations and individuals from the world of rugby union, football, boxing, rallying, track and field, and golf.

Most recently he has been part of the coaching team to European Tour and Ryder Cup golfer Tommy Fleetwood and worked as a consultant to both the Belgian national team football ahead of the World Cup in Russia, and the victorious European Ryder Cup team in Paris 2018.

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