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Nottingham Rugby worked with Thomas to identify and develop leadership within their team.

Nottingham Rugby at a glance

Nottingham Rugby Club is a rugby union club based in Nottingham, England. The club's first team currently play in the Championship, the second tier of English Rugby. The 'Green and Whites' as they are affectionately known, finished the 2014-2015 season in fifth place, just missing out on a play-off place, where they winning team goes into the top flight of English Rugby. The club has also been breaking ground for the Premiership and international players over the years throughout its long history. Founded in 1877, Nottingham have recently moved to The Bay, where a high quality rugby club environment is being developed.
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The Challenge

Some of the players within the group were relatively new to the club and the head coach, Ian Costello, was in his first season with Nottingham RFC after joining from Munster Rugby. The club needed to identify a new captain from their Player Leadership Group initiative and also wanted to look at how Ian could be integrated quickly and smoothly into the coaching team. In addition to identifying a captain, they wanted to look at how the skills within the Leadership Group could be identified and developed to help move the team forward as one unit.


The Solution

With a clear focus on identifying and developing leadership, it was established that the High Potential Trait Indicator (HPTI) was going to be of greatest value to the club. The HPTI helps identify leadership potential by exploring a person's personality traits and provides and insight into how suited they may be for a given job role or position, for example club captain. The assessment is easy, but by completing the test, you'll gain a comprehensive report into the individuals potential.


The Result

"Thomas played a major part in identifying the leadership traits, selecting the most suitable players and providing support for the group to operate as effectively as possible."

The results of using the HPTI as a tool to assist in identifying a new club captain was the appointment of Matt Everard as club captain. Ian Costello explains,

"Matt displays all the traits and characteristics that you'd want a captain to have in any high-performing team. The players took to him naturally, on and off the pitch, and I think his influence is significant in both areas. He has huge involvement behind the scenes at the club and he's very supportive and influential with the younger players in the group. On the pitch, he leads by example, has a good presence and communicates well with the referee."

Thomas will now go on to support the Leadership Group on the development of self-awareness and understanding how their behaviours impact on those around them. We will also identify the leadership skills they have as a collective group and highlight their strengths and limitations.

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