Hockey Leadership

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Hockey Leadership Model – The Mourinho Way

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About the hockey leadership model

Above you see my interpretation of Jose Mourinhos leadership. I have combined a few different models and theories to an own leadership model which I have dubbed “The Mourinho Code“ It is these elements that I think Jose Mourinho is masterful in getting in place in the teams he works with. The success of a group is linked to how well you get the various blocks in place. “We lead the league with nine points. Is it because we have been lucky? Of course not. It’s about anything else but lucky when you’re talking about my players. “ /José Mourinho

Leader responsibility vs Team Responsibility

Scale: The Scale above describes the share of responsibilities between the leader and the team. Of course the leader is always ultimately responsible for all aspects and in particular for the teams results, but it is the team that delivers results. Leader’s main parts are in the beginning, with the creation of energy / motivation and to focus the energy through the formulation of objectives or goals.

Energy / Motivation

To explain why we do something or why have to do things a certain way is the foundation, together with the description of the obstacles/threats and opportunities.

“From here each practice, each game, each minute of your social life must center on the aim of being champions” “First-teamer will not be a correct word. I need all of you. You need each other. We are a TEAM.” (in a letter sent to the players) / José Mourinho

Goals / Direction

When the energy / motivation is there by understanding why. You need to direct the energy/motivation with formulation of objectives / statements / imaginary pictures etc.What is the target? You have a limited amount of energy, make sure you direct it on right things!

“I want to see Mr. Moratti hold the trophy and see him crying.” / José Mourinho

“I must defend what is mine. At the moment it’s my Champions League. I’m the last winner – so it’s my competition“. ”I am absolutely SURE That We Will be champions next season. “
/ José Mourinho

Teamwork = Capacity + team spirit – Co-operational Losses

The three parts in the middle are about teamwork within the team, and the parts are picked from Steiner’s model, and describes the group’s cooperation and the conditions to achieve results. Steiner’s model is based on that we can strengthen within our team, capacity and team spirit and try to minimize the third, co-operational losses. Capacity can be e.g. as equipment, training and utilization of, knowledge, skills, physical, mental skills, etc. Team spirit can be difficult to define, it is something that exists in the group and makes the team stronger. We-esteem, security, appreciation, positive climate, could be a few key words when talking about team spirit. Co-operational Losses example as unclear roles, wrong positions on the field, bad passes, in short, all errors, which complicates and degrades the team.
Co-operational losses consist mainly of two categories, co-ordination losses and motivation problems. Motivational losses tend to occur when the team size increases, then you suddenly don’t get 100% from each team member, this phenomenon is called social loafing.

“We have top class players and, sorry if I sound arrogant, we have a coach of the highest class.” “In general terms we must think more about our football and not play by instinct.”
/ José Mourinho (See also statement, in energy block)


What have you achieved? Visualize what you have achieved, hard and soft results. Small and Large. Short and long term.

“We’re not entertaining? Okay, I do not care: we win …“/ José Mourinho


How was the performance? What did we do well? What could be improved? What have we learned? What do we take with us in the future? Your feedback will affect all the parts in the model, energy, direction of energry, teamwork and what results you will achieve in the future.

“We Would Have Won this game even with seven players. Maybe with six we would have struggled, but we would Have Won with seven. ” / José Mourinho

“I hate to speak about players individually. Players Do Not win trophies, squads win trophies… I love players who love to win. They not only win in 90 minutes, But Every Day, Every training session, in every moment Of Their Lives “. / José Mourinho

Categorize your earlier leadership knowledge

Probably you already have a good knowledge of many of the blocks, this is just a way to structure it. The Jose Mourinho statements are in some case at the “edge” or even extreme and therefore you need to find your own ways of expressing things, but I think his statements visualizes clearly e.g. his goals/targets for the next season. The goals are clear for all involved players, people round the team, even the media and the fans.

Analyze your teams strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats – SWOT

Use the blocks to analyze your own team, where you are strong and where are you lagging. You can use the model on different levels, for the whole organization, for the team, group of players (e.g. goalies, defense, midfielders, forwards) and for individual players and of course for you self as a coach. It’s also suitable for the whole season, each practice or a drill on your practice. Why are we having this drill? What’s the purpose of it? What/who do you need? What are the teaching points (to avoid the co-operational losses)? How was the result? What could you see? How did the players feel they performed? What worked well? What can be improved?

This is the model on an overall level and we will now start to dig into each part deeply, I personally find it better to give you the whole picture on an overall level before going in to the details, that’s so you don’t need to try to figure out how the picture of this puzzle looks like when you are reading the details.

I hope you get some guidance in solving “The Mourinho Code” through this model and the following pages in this football coaching and leadership blog.

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