There will be plenty of sporting autobiographies sold this year as gifts for people who don’t read, and would really rather have had some nice warm socks,; but don’t worry, the sportspeople in question didn’t write them so no-one really loses out.
Here we take a look at a few of the sports books that are worth reading this year, so you can pop them on your wishlist or treat yourself to avoid disappointment on the big day.
For a more thoughtful sports book try Above the Line by Urban Meyer (or perhaps more realistically, written by Wayne Coffey ), an American College Football coach with insights into leadership and teamwork that you can translate off the playing field. Don’t be fooled, American College sports are big business. The National Collegiate Athletics Association earned $989 million in revenue in 2014, yet players don’t get paid.
The Rugby World Cup may have been a bit of a disappointment for Northern Hemisphere teams, but never mind. You can learn a lot about leadership from the All Blacks, who recently took over the food and drink service on a passenger flight whilst the air crew dealt with a medical emergency. Legacy 15 Lessons In Leadership by James Kerr is a good read.
For a more British take on sporting leadership Sir Michael Moritz has written Sir Alex Ferguson’s thoughts on leadership down in Leading. Don’t expect a chapter on building leaders for the future.
If underdogs and people performing way beyond their expected ability is more your thing then I Believe In Miracles by Daniel Taylor could be the book for you, or you could just relax and watch Jonny Owen’s film of the Nottingham Forest team led to glory by Brian Clough.
Let us know what you’re reading.