Steve Waugh’s 12-point blueprint for captaincy success
Monday 23rd April 2012
Former Australians skipper Steve Waugh is regarded as one of the greatest captains in the history of Test cricket.
Waugh led Australia in 15 of their world record run of 16 consecutive Test wins before he retired in 2004.
In his autobiography, Waugh says one of the biggest pitfalls facing a new captain is “captaincy by consensus.”
By this he meant attempting to please everyone with the hope that this would result in team harmony.
Waugh gives an enlightening 12-point blueprint for success in his book, Steve Waugh: Out of My Comfort Zone.
1. stay a strong unit and enjoy each other’s success
2. play each game as if it’s the most important of your career
3. don’t hesitate—always back yourself
4. never believe the game is lost
5. aim to be man of the match every time you play
6. improvise—think on your feet
7. learn something from every match
8. do the little things right and the big picture will fall into place
9. enjoy the fact that you’re representing your country—have pride
10. the best fielding side nearly always wins
11. know your own game and what your role is
12. have fun—have a laugh
Leading your country in a Test match is a serious responsibility and Waugh did so with skill, strength and typical Australian toughness.
Any captain can learn from a lot from his approach to winning cricket matches.