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Welcome to the December 2014 edition titled ‘Facts and Knowledge - Leadership’ provided by internationally renowned coach, Lachlan Tighe. Find out more about Lachlan and his coaching achievements here.

Since 2011, I have re-read and rewritten these leadership aspects below as they keep being viewed by me as dreadfully lacking out there in the bowls world. So here goes again


  • A leader to me is someone who can do (nearly) everything themselves but lets others help them
  • People do work, not processes, hence I coach/ lead people (who bowl)
  • Ask challenging questions for the others to come up with the answers
  • To lead people, walk beside them
  • Understand people and involve them to help you met our / their /my goal
  • The quality of leadership determines the success of any (bowls) organisation.
  • The qualities others see in leader(ship) include trust, care, vision, reliability, credibility, hope, inspiration, philosophy, values
  • My leader is one who passes on the baton as their legacy

Leadership, an attitude

In my time continuously learning and practising the craft, and indeed the art, of coaching, I have eventually developed a P Principle as follows, applying the phrase…attitude, all about practising habits….to encompass the approach to coaching, to steer or lead the direction of the squad.

  • Sharing my coaching Philosophy, i.e…striving to be better, always
  • Planning constantly; everything, every time, every battle is won before the war is begun
  • Developing, enthusing, educating, training, sharing and enjoying the People
  • Display, communicate the sheer unadulterated Passion that reflects that enthusiasm
  • Applied importantly via the challenging and skill intense training Programs
  • All done with the goal in mind to Perform
  • Power is attitudinal- if you work hard you get to make the choices…if you don’t (work hard) others make those choices for you
  • Praise and appraise the effort the share and care of the players competition

The BUS (organisational) concept

I want to look at the DESTINATION written on the front of the bus so as to ensure I am jumping aboard a bus being taken in the right direction.
And before I jump on the bus I want it to appear contemporary and be well resourced (fuelled for energy).
Then where I am willing to be on the BUS, for me as a coach, the bus driver, I ask myself
let’s get the right people on the bus
get the wrong people off the bus
get the right people in their right positions
let the passengers off where they do the least damage.
Take the role, take the responsibility
Do we have the right people on the bus in all capacities.
If not is the leadership able or willing to pursue the recruitment of the right people connected to all aspects of a better level of performance?

Means taking responsibility and in that sense it is about your ongoing learning and growth, regardless of age;
it means you are prepared to put up your hand;
it means you acknowledge when you err;
it means you accept the consequences from incorrect or misguided decisions and actions;
it means you are a stronger character with a stronger conviction;
it means others see that attribute too;

How do I know this- well I experience it and strive to gain from all and any ideas and action I journey through.
The right ones AND the ‘wrong’ ones too.

Make your conviction, your leadership, known to all; make a commitment to influence as others will be the beneficiary of that conviction; and in their being the beneficiary you engage them; listening is leading as it helps to engage and then others grow as you do.

What else have I learnt this past year- in walking tall, sharing and enjoying what I do and believe in, others (in this case in bowls and coaching) also are taller than they were before. As one coach said she is now getting warm and fuzzy herself by being able to share and guide others.
Me too.

One reminder, take on the role then take on the responsibility (of leadership); with that increased responsibility comes a degree of accountability which we have to equally accept and adopt.
And that requires another degree- one of honesty, self honesty, a trait so important to all of us first as people, then in the various roles we have, seek, in our lives, sport, business or interpersonal relationships.

Lachlan Tighe

Lachlan Tighe Website www.lachlantighebowls.com
Lachlan Tighe email l.a.tighe@bigpond.com mob.0409 532 953


November 2014 - Bowlers as Players, Attributes

October 2014 - Pressure, Training to Cope

September 2014 - Mental Toughness

August 2014 - Going, Going...Gone

July 2014 - Masterclass Coaching

June 2014 - Missing Opportunities

May 2014 - We Don't Need Coaches

April 2014 - Five Years On

March 2014 - Winners Win with Leadership

February 2014 - Keeping Your Cool

January 2014 - Player Self Appraisal


December 2013 - Skill Intensity Program

November 2013 - Singles Serve

October 2013 - Weight Control Delivery

September 2013 - Team Cohesion, Selection

August 2013 - Knowing the Options

July 2013 - Coaching is Communication

June 2013 - Warriors

May 2013 - World Champions Reactions

April 2013 - Singles Tactics

March 2013 - Winning Pennant Finals

February 2013 - Training to win

January 2013 - ...Finally, Selectors


December 2012 - Deliberate Practice

November 2012 - Weight Control Delivery Discipline

October 2012 - Using the Second in a Fours Team

September 2012 - Pennant Team Pep Talk

August 2012 - Skill Audit

July 2012 - Skill Audit

June 2012 - Teamwork

May 2012 - One percenters

April 2012 - Trust

March 2012 - Lessons Learnt

February 2012 - Stop watch decisions workshop

January 2012 - Lessons learnt from attending the BA Hall of Fame Inaugural Award Night


October 2011 - Positivity, Self Belief, Mental Toughness

August/Septemeber 2011 - Alert

April 2011 - Sensory Awareness

March 2011 - Attitude in Teams


December 2010 - Caterpillar Program

November - Decision Options

October - Lachlan was in Dehli for the Commonwealth Games

September - Slow Green Drill

August - Decisions to Make

July - The Summit - Player Awareness

June - Pressure

May - Mastering the Yard On Shot

April - Consistency

March - Lessons Learnt 

February - Mind Games


December - Tactical Skill Decisions

November - What Bowlers Need to Succeed

October - A Winner's Menu

September - Training Skills for Thirds and Skips

August - Training Skills for Leads and Seconds

July - Attributes of Elite Bowlers

June - Goals

May - Tactical Skill

April - Pre-Delivery Routine