PCA Members educated on leading from the front

Current and aspiring captains attended a leadership course last month ahead of the 2018 season.

Eighteen Professional Cricketers’ Association members attended a specialist introductory course to effective leadership in a first for the PCA Personal Development & Welfare Programme.

The one-day course which was developed and delivered by international training providers, Dale Carnegie, incorporated a number of sessions to encourage personal growth and empower the members in attendance to improve their leadership qualities.

Players from around the country travelled to Edgbaston for the bespoke Introduction to Effective Leadership course and were educated with sessions on understanding the fundamental skills of good leadership and how to draw upon their own experiences to improve themselves both on and off the cricket field.

Each county was invited to put names forward with the PCA asking for counties to pick players who would benefit most from attending the course with the aim of implementing the new skills ahead of the new season.

As part of the PCA’s Personal Development & Welfare Programme, the course was significantly subsidised by the PCA with 11 counties represented as well as the MCCYCs with ECB Umpire Alex Wharf also attending.

24-year-old Yorkshire batsman Jack Leaning was one of the aspiring leaders in attendance and appreciated the opportunity to further his development.

“In the future, captaincy is something I’d love to have a crack at and there are a few lads in the room that have done that,” said Leaning.

“The PCA are awesome for helping lads develop themselves. The stuff we have done today it doesn’t really matter if you are in cricket or going into business, you can always transfer the skills across.

“You can always have a couple of things running alongside to try and facilitate your cricket as well and if they can cross over and help your cricket then it’s even better.”

Senior Trainer and Engagement Specialist Mark de Stadler delivered the course on behalf of Dale Carnegie and he explained the rationale behind the day.

“The real focus was about equipping players with a little more insight about how they can be more successful in leading and captaining teams themselves,” said de Stadler.

“Today is about self reflection, finding out about ‘who am I’ as a leader and as an individual and how we can work together as a team and not an individual within a team.

“We’re hoping to give players insight and techniques so they can go back to their teams and start to put what we’ve talked about into practice. With anything, practice makes permanent.”

PCA members in attendance: Billy Godleman (Derbyshire), Ryan Pringle, James Weighell (both Durham), Ruaidhri Smith (Glamorgan), Callum Parkinson, James Dickinson (both Leicestershire), James Harris (Middlesex), Steven Mullaney, Ant Botha (both Nottinghamshire), Lewis Gregory, Tim Rouse (both Somerset), Ben Brown (Sussex), Sam Hain (Warwickshire), Ed Barnard (Worcestershire), Jack Leaning (Yorkshire), Oli Smithson, Ben Brookes (both MCCYCs), Alex Wharf (ECB / ICC Umpire).

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