If you want to lead a team of athletes, you must be able to communicate persuasively, gain people’s trust and loyalty, treat people fairly and guide, and mentor people effectively. You also need to possess a desire for power. The power motive in sport as in business is about exerting control over other people—wanting to influence, direct, guide, praise, and discipline people.
Athletes with a high need for power perform best when they are in charge and they have goal-oriented projects and tasks. The power motive is important because it will drive you to want to influence your competitors, your team members, and your sport generally. In order to be a successful team leader, you need to be able and comfortable doing these things whilst exhibiting self-awareness and self-restraint.