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Leading Teams: Tools and Techniques for Successful Team Leadership from the Sports World by Paolo Guenzi, Dino Ruta

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Introduction

Sport can certainly use some managerial know-how and, by the same token, managers have a lot to learn from the world of sport. These simple ideas are the guiding inspiration for our work. We set out to discover if team management models typically used in traditional businesses can be found in or transferred to sports teams, and vice versa. Simply put: what can business executives and sports coaches learn from one another?

To answer this question, we carried out an in-depth investigation of relevant research in both managerial and sports contexts. Then we analyzed the work of coaches, identifying similarities and differences between various sports, and comparing them to the business world. After completing this process, which lasted ...

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