The NBA draft is a crap shoot, one commentator said. NBA managers, owners, and coaches all made their selections of the new crop of rookies who left college, or in some extreme cases, high school, to take their chance on a road to riches and fame as a professional basketball player. Although there are stats and scouting reports on each draftee, no one knows how these players will adjust to the rigors of playing basketball at the professional level.
As each player was selected, commentators discussed the merits of the selection. Clips were shown of the players best plays, and the strengths and weaknesses were discussed. Some players are selected specifically as a player to trade, as a bargaining chip for future use. As the draft progressed, other players were not selected in the order expected, and they were left to wonder about their fate. The higher one is drafted, the more money the player will receive on his contract. Surprisingly, the gambles do not always pay off. Some players drafted high do not measure up to NBA play. Others are saddled with previous injuries that are much more serious than previously thought. Then there are those who cannot get out of their own way and are hindered by their troubled past. In many ways, it is up to the coaches who acquire these young players to bring out the best in them and mold them into the players they are expected to be. This is a lot of pressure on the coach to develop the talent in these young players.
Tom Camacho in Mining for Gold: Developing Kingdom Leaders through Coaching, talks about coaching from a spiritual perspective. In Camacho’s view, he uses “Mining for Gold” as another way to describe coaching leadership (Camacho 2019, 5-6). This method of coaching uses the word “Gold” as an acrostic stating, the G represents Gold is everywhere, emphasizing the potential for leadership in each of us; the O represents the need to Open our eyes and see it, the potential that is often right before us. The L represents the need to Learn the skills to draw out the potential in others, and the D stands for Developing others continuously, understanding that part of leadership is the ability to develop others (Camacho 2019, 6). Camacho taps into the power of the Holy Spirit to guide the coach into revealing and understanding how God is doing the refining work in the individual being coached (Camacho 2019, 6).
Leaders are defined by Nye in Power and Leadership in Handbook of Leadership Theory and Practice as those who help a group create and achieve shared goals (Nye 2010, 306). Nye further speaks of “soft power” as a way one can get the outcomes one wants by setting the agenda and attracting others without threat or payment (Nye 2010, 307). This “soft power” is not the power of influence and persuasion but is attractive power (Nye 2010, 309). Camacho seems to be using a type of soft power by leaning on the power of the Holy Spirit to help with the coaching process. This is attractive power because it cooperates with the Holy Spirit through prayer in helping to hear what the Spirit is saying to those being coached (Camacho 2019, 51-52). The fact that this process acknowledges that God is always working for our good makes this type of leadership both dynamic and attractive. As a coach, relying upon the Holy Spirit for the power of transformation takes all of the pressure off of the coach and allows the coach to depend on all of the power of God to make changes. This is real coaching that has the ability to unlock the hidden potential in us all.
Camacho, Tom. Mining for Gold: Developing Kingdom Leaders Through Coaching. London: Inter-Varsity Press, 2019.
Nye, Joseph S. Jr. “Power and Leadership.” In Handbook of Leadership Theory and Practice: A Harvard Business School Centennial Colloquium, by Nitin Nohria, & Rakesh Khurana, 305-332. Boston: Harvard Business Press, 2010.