How would you define "leadership"? What are the qualities of a good leader in professional football? Do the Oakland Raiders have excellent leadership at this time? We truly believe so. Our hope is in the leadership ability and fire of Hue Jackson.
If, in fact, the Oakland Raiders have a very talented team, then is the leadership able to harness and utilize that talent to get more wins in 2011?
No one should be able to say in 2011 that Jason Campbell looks "shaky" during a game.
The question that I want to raise is does Campbell have the type of mentality that flourishes or collapses during stress?
Can the ability to function under stress be coached and improved under Hue Jackson's coaching style? I believe so.
There is no question that Campbell has the physical capability. It's also obvious that there must be a development of the cohesion between him and the other players. That takes time, I admit. The cohesion between Campbell and the other players got better near the end of the season.
Many researchers believe that leadership can be developed. How much time does it take for that development and for the development of the cohesion, perception, and intuitions needed to overcome opponents and adverse situations on the playing field?
There is a small amount of research on coach-player relationships and how that factor impacts the dynamics of a team. Here is an excerpt for consideration.
...This research has focused on how coaches and athletes influence each other and the interdependency that is evident. Initially, Jowett and others highlighted the importance of the three C’s of closeness, commitment and complementarity to coach-athlete relations (Jowett, Paull, Pensgaard, Hoegmo, & Riise, 2005).
Closeness refers to feelings and perceptions that appear to be a function of interpersonal factors such as liking, trust, and respect. Open channels of communication, voicing of needs, effective problem-solving, acceptance and appreciation characterize closeness.
Importantly, such qualities as trust and respect have been associated with successful coaching (Janssen & Dale, 2002), while their absence is linked to less harmony and less support (Douge, 1999).
Commitment appears to reflect oneness of thought between coach and athlete, and is defined as an intention to maintain and optimize relations (Jowett et al., 2005).
When performances fall below expectations, commitment can guard against retaliation by promoting accommodation, and this is characterized by flexibility when change is necessary.
A lack of commitment has been shown to be linked to criticism, communication breakdown and a lack of common goals (Jowett, 2003).
Complementarity, the third C, reflects a positive working environment where coach and athlete work together to attempt to improve performance. Jowett et al. (2005) suggest that complementarity has been found to relate to both high levels of performance and greater satisfaction with the relationship.
Recently, Jowett et al. (2005) proposed a fourth factor, co-orientation, which still requires further investigation, but reflects coach and athlete perceptions of how the other perceives them.
Extending this research to incorporate manager and player relationships would certainly help to extend knowledge of interpersonal relations within football.
1. In 2011, more attention needs to be placed on the quality of the coach-player relations within the Oakland Raiders.
2. Should the players commit to "self-actualization" in accordance with the research of Maslow? Warren Bennis and Pete Carroll reveal some interesting ideas in this quote:
PC: Let me share with you how we look at that. We had just a gorgeous example at the Orange Bowl in our championship game, the last game of the year. My whole goal in my program is to develop the mentality for everybody involved on our team, coaches and everyone, that we know that we are going to win. When it’s at its best, when we know we are going to win, that is when we play the freest, that is when we are the most spontaneous, that is when reach our highest levels. You saw an extraordinary illustration of that in the Orange Bowl. We didn’t play better or play out of our minds. We just did what we always do and we didn’t let anything affect us because we wouldn’t allow for those other variables to enter into our mentality. That was really, really the epitome of what I’m hoping to generate in the program.
It seems reasonable to do research and to compile research to list some of the attributes of great head coaches and leaders in NFL football. Then, an assessment of the leadership qualities and abilities of the coaches of the Oakland Raiders need to be compared with those winning attributes of great NFL coaches.
Yes, that type of research takes time. So, let me hurry and finish this article and start reviewing the literature on this topic.
Go Raiders! Study and commit to excellence. May the leaders emerge and with them, more victories. Let’s hope the coach-player relations optimize in 2011.