England football team manager Gareth Southgate has changed the team culture and boosted performance, says the Chartered Management Institute.

“Life is always about opportunity presenting itself and taking control of it, taking charge of it,” the England manager has said. “We said we didn’t want this tournament to take hold of us and push us around. We wanted to attack it and make sure we were in charge of our destiny.”

Dr Simon Hayward, CEO of Cirrus and author of Connected Leadership and The Agile Leader, explained: “Southgate is a team player with a driven determination to succeed. He emphasises the importance of the team working together, that no one is bigger than the team, and that mutual respect and respect for the shirt is paramount. He is melding a talented group of players into a tightknit community who all take responsibility.

He added: “Gareth works hard, I believe, to communicate with different players in different ways, suited to their personalities and needs, but with a core consistency that makes his communication fair and trustworthy and has inspired confidence among the players.”

© Chartered Management Institute 2018.

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