LEADERSHIP & MANAGEMENT
Look after yourself, because if you’re going to lead people
you have to be in the best possible shape, physically and
mentally. Resilience is vital to any manager in any field and it’s
important to have the confidence to reach out.
Remind yourself that your abilities are not perfect and
your knowledge is flawed. We may sometimes infer causes
incorrectly, even when we have the correct information. We
are skewed, for example, to favour people who look how we
expect good performers to look.
Everything needs to be aligned, and we got to the point in the
team where, if we lost because of a missed pass, for example,
we could link it back to something that happened weeks or
months ago; performance was always linked to behaviour.
BRIGADIER GED SALZANO
People assume that leaders know what they’re doing and
that when times get hard they’ll come up with answers, and
leaders can get frustrated and anxious when they don’t
have those answers; they can feel vulnerable and lonely. As
a commander, you have to harden your heart, because you
cannot allow yourself to get too stressed.
Where’s your support team, who’s looking after you? Are you
doing everything you can to fireproof your life, so you don’t
just live longer, but also happy and well?
When I first returned home after my time in hospital, I
remember crying and saying, ‘What is there for me out there
now?’ But, there and then, I made a conscious decision that
I would be somebody and do something with my life. I would
focus on what I could do rather than what I couldn’t. I’d try to
use my brains rather than my brawn.
It can take a year to adjust to the intensity of managing a
club as big and iconic as Liverpool. There’s a huge expectancy
on you, but for me it was an incredible experience. I was very
aware that I was representing a huge global brand, so my
every word and action would be around the world in a matter
of seconds. You have to not think about that too much, and
focus on doing your best for the players and making the fans
n impressive line up of speakers
from inside and outside the world
of elite sport took to the stage
at the British Museum for the 8th
LMA Annual Management Conference,
hosted by Hayley McQueen. The event
was attended by guests of the LMA
corporate partners and sponsors, key
figures from the world of sport and
many LMA members, and marked the
official launch of the LMA Institute of
Leadership and High Performance.
SENIOR EVENT PARTNERS