FIFA's latest Technical Leadership workshop, which was held in Honduras from 13 to 15 October, addressed the key question “What does leadership look like in the new world of work?" It goes without saying that the topic extends far beyond football, but the 21 Technical Directors from Member Associations (MAs) in South and Central America in attendance were obviously focused on their own sphere of interest.
"The world of work has changed dramatically over the last few years, and it’s no different for Technical Directors working in our Member Associations," explained FIFA Head of Technical Leadership Jamie Houchen, who oversaw the seminar in San Pedro Sula. "Encouraging the participants to reflect on the trends currently shaping how we work, and what impact that has on their leadership style, has been a rewarding experience."
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This was indeed the case for all participants, irrespective of the size or importance of their Member Association, from Mexico to Anguilla. Over the course of three days, the technical development experts covered a wide range of leadership-related topics, such as the need for flexibility and change, authenticity, integrity and transparency, and thinking about leadership as a process, rather than a position or goal.
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"Through a number of profiling and reflective tasks – both individual and collective – each Technical Director was able to leave the workshop with a better idea of their skills and capabilities, both in terms of what they can maximise and potential areas of improvement," said Houchen, whose department had held five previous FIFA Technical Leadership seminars in 2022 – in Colombia, England, Kuwait, Egypt and Ghana – prior to this one in Honduras.
In his speech marking the opening of the seminar, Honduran Football Federation Vice-President Wilfredo Guzman stressed the importance of strengthening leadership within his Confederation. "This line of leadership, which the instructors will be covering later, has different roots that stem from a constant feeding of knowledge, with very favourable results," he stated. "Because in football, the coach develops as a leader, in the same way as the educators at our coaching school do. And they, in turn, become leaders in the proper training of players, in any category."
"This role is vital for the growth of football here. Consequently, FIFA's decision to run this type of seminar, on a sensitive and decisive topic, is a wise one."
FIFA Technical Expert Jayne Ludlow echoed Guzman’s thoughts. "It has been a pleasure to be part of a FIFA Leadership team providing an innovative and inspirational learning environment for Concacaf’s Technical Directors," she said. "I greatly value and recognise the opportunity of the peer-to-peer learning that takes place among the Technical Directors, who bear the responsibility of influencing the development of the game at all levels in their own MAs."