After the training we analyzed the facts. I praised him for the idea and for his initiative to gather kids to make sport in a world where kids are more attracted by PC games, tablets and phones. I also told him that he looked a little anxious.
He replied that he didn't expected so many people to come to his first training. He prepared to have 8-10 kids at his first lesson and they came double.
My advice was to grow his heart, so that he could include all 20 kids in it and to be grateful because they've came in such a big number.
What business person doesn't want this for his business: to expect 10 customers and get double?
It's not the case in our example, but there are many businesses that collapse because of this. Their leaders don't have the required skills to lead the business at that level for a long time.
Simply put, if you are used to having 10 customers a day and that's the level developed by your business, even if you will get 20 customers a day, you will not be able to maintain them and on a medium term you will end having only 10 clients a day.
This is also the first law of leadership taught by John Maxwell: The Law Of The Lid.
This law states that "The Leadership Ability Determines a Person’s Level of Effectiveness".
If you know the cause we can correct the result. If we want a better and bigger business, a more prosperous one, we need to improve our leadership skills and develop our leadership potential.
To be able to lead people it is necessary to be able to love them but the most important, to be able to lead yourself.
I've suggested to my friend, the soccer coach, that next time to be more flexible, to get out of the "box", encourage and praise them and to make some time to talk with each one of them, find them a place in his heart and to dream with them the moment when they will become great football players.
I will end this brief but significant step towards leadership with a quote by Armando Palacio Valdes
"Always do what your heart tells you to do and never be afraid that you are wrong"
Armando Palacio Valdes, Spanish novelist and critic