Coach and Official Leadership Program

Developing effective leadership and capacity in individuals.

Applications are now open for the Emerging Coach and Official Leadership Series 2021.

Applications close 11.59pm, 5 April 2021.

We're inviting WA high performance coaches and officials to take part in the Emerging Coach and Official Leadership Series 2021. It's a series of workshops to help the development of effective leadership capability and capacity in individuals working in pathway sporting contexts.

All modules will be delivered between 5pm to 9pm. Applicants must be available during these hours. All modules are delivered at the department's Leederville office. Applicants should note these dates in their calendars as attendance to all workshops is required.

A maximum of 20 candidates will be selected for the program, with successful applicants determined through an application and selection process.

Dr Sandy Gordon from Performance Perspectives International will deliver the program. He is a trained and authorised user of the two diagnostic tools and a trained sports psychologist who has developed the course content from a researched, professional perspective.


Workshop 1: Positive Meaning: Leading Self and Enhancing Emotional Intelligence

5pm to 9pm, 21 April 2021

This workshop explores understanding self through DISC sport data interpretation, mental models, and understanding different emotions and how to manage them. Activities include:

  • interpretation of DISC Adapted and Natural leadership styles
  • growth vs fixed mindsets regarding personal development
  • the importance of emotional intelligence to effective leadership. 


Workshop 2: Positive Psychology Coaching: Individual and Team

5pm to 9pm, 18 May 2021

This workshop explores strengths profile data and strengths-based approaches to enhancing performance and personal growth. Activities include:

  • debriefing strengths profiles: using realized strengths wisely, unrealised strengths more, learned behaviors when needed, and weaknesses less
  • strengths identification exercises for individuals: coaches, players and managers
  • strengths-based team building.

Workshop 3: Positive Psychology Coaching: Mental skills

5pm to 9pm, 30 June 2021

This workshop focuses on leading the development of key mental skills: self-regulation, concentration, confidence and the Zone. Activities include:

  • performance profiling as a prelude to goal setting
  • critical cues at critical moments and strengths-based confidence building
  • creating the ideal performance state or zone.   

Workshop 4: Resilience and Mental Toughness

5pm to 9pm, 28 July 2021

This workshop explores how to manage stress, create proactive and reactive resilience strategies, and enhance emotional resilience for personal effectiveness. Activities include:

  • self-assessments: coping strategies, resilience quotient, mental toughness index
  • use of CBT and ACT strategies 
  • develop resilience capability and capacity skills for personal effectiveness.

Workshop 5: Positive Communication and Positive Climate

5pm to 9pm, 25 August 2021

This workshop invites participants to reflect on their VIA strengths, proficiency in giving and receiving feedback, actively and constructively responding to those they lead, and using positive communication to create positive performance climates. Activities include:

  • using VIA strengths to reflect on how to model confidence for others
  • giving and receiving feedback effectively using SBI/BI and DESC models
  • dispensing tough love effectively using appropriate rewards and punishments.

Workshop 6: Positive Relationships: Managing Others and Managing Change

5pm to 9pm, 29 September 2021

This workshop focuses on developing personal power, using DISC data to recognise and adapt to difficult people, fostering positive relationships, understanding emotional responses to change and transitions, and developing positive team cultures. Activities include:

  • identify different kinds of power and their use and potential abuse
  • self-assessment: conflict management orientation style.
  • handling different types of difficult people using different strategies
  • understand models of transition and change. 

Participant expectations

The success of the program is dependent upon committed and dedicated participants who are seeking to play an active leadership role in delivering success in the talent development environment. Places are strictly limited, so those wishing to be accepted onto the program must be committed to:

  • attending the full workshop series
  • being stretched and challenged
  • being an active participant in the program, including being able to commit the time and effort required to complete the profiling tool prior to the first module commencing and post-workshop reflection exercises
  • actively sharing learnings in your sport.
Interested coaches, officials and leaders are invited to fill out the details below and include a copy of their resume.


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