It’s coach Zac, head coach here at 247Hockey. and I want to take you through how you can become
a leader on your hockey team. I see a lot of players doing this wrong. I’ve also got a free leadership resource for
you, so if you want to learn more about how to become a leader and how to become the best
leader on your hockey team, I’ll have that available for you at 247hockey.com/leader. Okay? 247hockey.com/leader. There’ll also be a link here in the description
of this video, in the first comment of this video, so you can check that out after
this video is over. One: PERSONAL ACCOUNTABILITY. Look, this may seem obvious, but a lot of
players get this wrong. They try to be a leader, and they think by
being a leader that immediately that means they focus on what other people are doing,
what other players on the team are doing. No. If you want to be a great leader, that starts
with what you are doing first and foremost. You have to lead by example, you have to do
the right things, you have to be working harder than everyone else, you need to be playing well,
you need to be preparing the right way, that’s what it comes down to if you want to be a
great leader. That’s the first step, and if you’re not
doing that right, if you’re not starting there, forget about everything else. The most important thing you can do is lead
by example. Other players can learn by watching you. That’s the number 1 thing, so focus on your
own personal accountability first, before you worry about what anybody else is doing
you make sure that you’re exceeding your own expectations, that you’re meeting up
to your own expectations, that you’re setting goals and accomplishing them – that’s
the first step, and that your daily habits are on point. Your habits, your training habits, your work
ethic, your nutritional habits, preparation – that needs to be there before anything
else. Two: FOCUS ON THE POSITIVE FIRST. A lot of players that want to be leaders,
or maybe they get voted as captain of their team, but they haven’t been a captain before, they’re younger leaders, they’re new to leadership, think that being a leader means
you need to tell everybody else what to do. You’re focused on what everybody else is
doing wrong, and needs to do better. That is not leadership. A lot of coaches need to learn this lesson
too. But if you think about it, as a player, if your
coach is telling you all the time everything that you’re doing wrong, every time you get off
the ice, after every game, eventually that’s going to become demoralizing. Best case scenario is other players just stop listening
to you completely. Worst case scenario is they actually begin
resenting you and you become a cancer on the team. So, instead of trying to help the team, instead
of trying to help the team accomplish their goals, help the individual players accomplish
their goals, help yourself accomplish your personal goals you’re actually going to
have the opposite effect. You’re going to drop back from the team’s
success. That’s going to affect you as an individual
player, and it’s going to affect the other players on the team as well. Worst way to be a leader. So, what do you do instead? Focus on positive things that the players
are doing well, talk to players when they actually do something good, reinforce good
habits – those are the keys to focus on initially, and then when there is something
that you want to point out, or another player asks you a question, and you want to talk
about something they need to improve you’re going to have a lot more credibility because
you’re a positive influence on the team. Players trust you, players respect you, players
know that you have their best interests in mind. It’s not about the team winning, it’s
about the best interest of the individual players on the team. So, if you want to be a leader you actually have to
care about these players, and then, as a whole, that helps the team win. Be a positive influence on the bench, be a
positive influence in the locker room, encourage other players, be the first one to tell
other players they do a great job in games, in practice, or when they have a
good shift. That’s the start to great leadership, and
then when you need to step in, and you need to offer constructive criticism, you can do that, and
it’s going to come from a place of authenticity, and players are going to know that you have
their best interest in mind, and are more likely to listen. Three: if you’re doing those first two things
well, here comes the third and that’s you need to be able to step in and make hard decisions. You need to step in when things get rough,
and you need to be the voice of reason, you need to be the one that calls a player out
if they’re screwing around, if all the other tactics, if the positivity hasn’t working, and
you have a player that’s falling off track, you need to be the one that steps up. Sometimes you need to pull that player aside
and talk to him in private, other times a player needs to be called out in front of
the team, sometimes you need to be the one that comes in and steps if the team’s
going in the wrong direction, and have a hard talk with that team. But you can only pull that off if you’ve
got personal accountability from step one, and if, step two, you take the majority of
the time you’re taking the approach of positivity, and you’re not being that player that’s all
the time trying to talk to players about what they’re doing wrong, trying to yell at the
team, then it’s not going to work because by that time they’ve just tuned you out. But once in a while you do need to step in,
and you do need to come in with some force when the team’s going in the wrong direction,
or an individual player’s going in the wrong direction, you have to know the situation. It’s not always the right thing to do to
call a player out in front of the team. You should try a lot of different things before it gets to that point. Positivity, pulling him aside and talk to
him in private in multiple occasions, hanging out with them, asking them questions, really
figuring out what’s going on in their life before it gets to a point where you just
figure out that they just don’t care, or they’re just not listening to you, or
they’re being very selfish, then it comes down to actually having to make some hard decisions
so the team knows that you’re doing what’s in the best interest of the team
and you’re just not ignoring the situation. We’re just scratching the surface on leadership
here, like I said earlier in the video, if you want to learn more about what it takes
to be a great leader, we have a free hockey leadership resource for you. It’s 247hockey.com/leader. Okay? There’ll be a link right here; you can just
type in 247hockey.com/leader. I also put a link that you can click
on in the description of this video, and in the first comment of this video, so you can
check out that as well. If you’re not subscribed to our YouTube
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a great leader on a hockey team. I want to hear from you.

How to: Be a LEADER on Your Hockey Team

20 thoughts on “How to: Be a LEADER on Your Hockey Team

  • July 11, 2017 at 1:52 pm
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    Great video, this season ill really try to be a leader.

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  • July 11, 2017 at 2:03 pm
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    The leader on my team last year was terrible so I took his placešŸ˜‚

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  • July 11, 2017 at 2:25 pm
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    Can you do a video on how to spot scouts watching your game?

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  • July 11, 2017 at 2:27 pm
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    Get your FREE Hockey Leadership Report Card Here –> https://247Hockey.com/leader

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  • July 11, 2017 at 2:30 pm
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    Leadership – ahhh… that unquantifiable characteristic that can change the course of games.

    This was an excellent video.

    – not every leader wears a C or A.
    – praise publicly, criticize privately. Calling out another player in front of the team is a nuclear option.
    – leadership is NOT about who can shout the loudest.

    Coach Zac, you are spoiling us with content!

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  • July 11, 2017 at 3:00 pm
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    Thanks as always Coach Zac for sharing your wisdom!

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  • July 11, 2017 at 3:27 pm
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    Really like your videos keep on making more

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  • July 11, 2017 at 3:47 pm
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    Just teach me how to rip a 100mph clapper!

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  • July 11, 2017 at 4:20 pm
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    Zac, I'm a youth hockey coach for the town I live in here in Mass. One thing that drives me insane is the town teams don't do any off ice workouts with their youth programs. This sort of thing is only offered to kids on select teams which some parents like myself can't afford cause the cost is too damn high. How do I approach he leagues president or board with a good argument or workout structure to possibly have it added into the practice schedule 1-2 times a week? Thanks in advance

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  • July 11, 2017 at 9:06 pm
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    Thxs for the awesome tips can u plzzz do one on not wasting energy and how to conserve it ur vids are awesome and are really helping

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  • July 12, 2017 at 2:08 am
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    I don't mean to sound a total lunatic right now but a good mindset to have is to pretend your life is on the line.

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  • July 12, 2017 at 2:10 am
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    Just pretend if you don't your hockey game don't make it to the NHL you will die.

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  • July 12, 2017 at 5:44 am
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    On ur next video, can u do "how to be ferda on ur team"?

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  • July 12, 2017 at 2:20 pm
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    Proper way to skate to not waste energy

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  • January 25, 2018 at 10:08 pm
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    I just got traded and this probably will help me in my new team

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  • February 12, 2018 at 2:43 am
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    Be a leader not a boss that is the coaches job

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  • March 3, 2018 at 1:44 am
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    Great influencey

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  • November 1, 2018 at 2:02 am
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    I love this guy

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  • April 18, 2019 at 9:45 pm
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    Love this, thanks Coach.

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  • April 24, 2019 at 9:48 pm
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    thank you yt coach! very nice video

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