In a work environment, formal roles dictate manager and subordinate reporting structures. This is rarely the case with amateur sport where formal roles are often not defined.

Generally speaking on the sporting field, those you are expected to lead are your equals or peers. So leadership is less about direction and more about influence.

Even if you aren’t in a leadership role that’s formal, such as a team captain or manager, you will still no doubt like to keep everyone on course and focussed on the goals of the group.

So what are some of the techniques and methods that you can utilise to influence peers?

The starting point for influencing peers needs to be around agreeing what the team goals actually are. Once you have consensus, individual accountability and empowerment can be structured through things like team agreements. But conflict is inevitable, so in this unit, we will also introduce a variety of situational techniques to harness and manage it.

Ultimately though, your ability to influence depends on the degree to which others respect and trust you, so self-regulation is also covered as the final part of this Unit.

So let’s get started!