PERFORMANCE motivators Leading Teams has made its first foray into AFLW taking on the league’s inaugural grand finalists in a bid to keep sharpening the game.
Leading Teams, co-founded by Ballarat’s Ray McLean, has been working closely with reigning AFLW premier Adelaide Crows and runner-up Brisbane Lions through the pre-season and ahead of their opening round grand final rematch in Adelaide on Saturday night.
The organisation, known for successfully improve elite sporting teams, has a long history in the men’s game with nine of the past 13 AFL premiers being clients.
Former Melbourne Phoenix netballer Kelly Venus spent the summer with the Crows while former AFL player Simon Fletcher ran sessions with the Lions.
Both have been working through Leading Teams’ performance improvement program, well-known for its 360-degree feedback. The program aims to empowers team members to share leadership responsibilities and to select a player leadership group to push standards on and off the field.
Ballarat’s Sally Riley, a Crows’ premiership player, is part of the club’s AFLW leadership group this season.
Brisbane Lions coach Craig Starcevich said adopting the program helped to fast-track a set of elite behaviours and club culture leading into the second season of professional competition.
“While at times confronting, it has now become easier for players to challenge each other toward the common goal of team improvement,” Starcevich said. “This has been a necessary step as we aspire to be a consistently high performing team.”
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