(1)?Celebrate and reward your staff?s achievements One of the key turning points in Leicester?s season came after Ranieri took the entire team out for pizza after its first clean sheet. He encouraged players to live for the moment and enjoy each small success, knowing it would boost morale. Happy for his team to socialise together regularly, Ranieri acted in a mature way, trusting each player not to take advantage of his warm nature and understand that the team is more important than the individual. (2) Lead authentically Known in football to be a ?nice guy?, Claudio Ranieri doesn?t apologise for having his own managerial style. Despite some received criticisms at the start of the season, he continued to lead with confidence, persevering with what he thought to be the right course of action. Such an attitude in turn breeds confidence in staff, and everyone at Leicester ? from the grounds staff to the players ? knew what to expect from Ranieri each day and trusted him. (3) Be consistent Each week, Ranieri picked roughly the same players, in the same positions, to start in his team. By keeping the same formation, and similar tactics, he was better able to pinpoint each player?s strengths and capitalise on them, increasing players? confidence as the season went on. This was very different from his time managing Chelsea, where constant player rotation and adjusting his tactics earned Ranieri a reputation as ?The Tinkerman?. (4) Value collaboration When Ranieri joined Leicester at the start of the season, he had no so-called ?star? players on which to hang the team. But by getting to know each player and learning to recognise individual and collective strengths and weaknesses, the manager got the best out of everyone, creating a team greater than the sum of its parts. The attitude was reflected by the players themselves, who were able to put their individual wants and needs aside for the sake of the team. (5) Stay positive For the duration of the season, Ranieri did not get drawn into negative discussions about his team?s performance, staying on a simple, positive message. He understood that he could only work with what he had and could not change what he could not control ??an infectious attitude that rubbed off on his players on the pitch. Read on to find out about five other management gurus who can teach you a thing or two about starting out.
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