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Teamwork Makes the Dream Work

What can business leaders learn from Gareth Southgate’s management skills?

Gareth Southgate’s actions to comfort an upset Columbian football player who missed a penalty, meaning the team lost their place in the World Cup, resulted in a storm on social media. This action is a reflection of Southgate’s unique management skills and different approach to leadership.

Such brilliant skills are transferable into business in relation to employment law. This article covers three leadership capabilities Southgate has demonstrated which has resulted in a high performing team.

First, his accommodating and compassionate style is getting the right results for the young England team, motivating them to reach the semi-final stage. This positive performance is what managers seek to encourage in their employees.

“No matter how talented an individual is, if they can’t work as part of a team then their performance – and that of the entire team – will suffer.” Patt Rogerson, HR Director, ELAS Groups.

Gareth Southgate’s leadership style

Next, Southgate’s style supports diversity and encourages team players to both compose ideas and respond to criticism admirably. These points can be incorporated easily into the scope of employment as these are the qualities considered essential for efficiency in the workplace so that employees can work to the best of their ability, improving the overall performance of the business.

Finally, Southgate also acknowledged that key areas to focus on were the ‘resilience and strong mental health’ of the team. This approach has resulted in a historic performance from the England team: winning a World Cup penalty shoot-out for the first time. Being mentally strong has provided the players with the ability to recover from setbacks as demonstrated by their cool response to the tactics of the Columbian team.

Gareth has brought to the world stage a form of leadership firmly focussed on performance and mental strength.  This (seemingly) simple approach has had a positive and significant effect.

Transferring this approach to managing employees can give more by way of motivation and purpose and ‘builds the collaboration they need to be successful as a whole’.

Higher performance increases profit

The enforcement of proactive management results in a greater overall performance which is beneficial to both employees and employers. Taking a different view of management can vastly raise the performance of any team and ultimately, any business. The long-term result of a workforce motivated to aim for the same end goal can lead to improved mental and physical well being in the workplace. Research shows this can increase productivity, which ultimately affects the bottom line.

Gareth Southgate has demonstrated a clear and patient management style focusing on the strategy and tactics needed to win. Businesses can certainly learn from his ability to map out short and long term goals which encourage a team to pull in the same direction to get the right result.

His actions and the support of his team has meant that England has dared to dream and share the chorus: Go England, it’s coming home!


For advice about employee engagement and team motivation, please contact Justine, one of our employment law experts by email or on o7961 075124.


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