006 Leadership in Sport: Lessons From The Ice with guest Trevor Murphy

Never stop learning, and always treat people with respect.

Happy New Year! Welcome to The New Leader Podcast. This is the place for those who are new to people management and who aspire to leadership roles

Our special guest today is Trevor Murphy, Senior Vice President of Hockey Operations to the Newfoundland Growlers, an East Coast hockey league team based in St. John’s, Newfoundland.


On this episode we talk about Sports Leadership – Lessons from the Ice. We talk about Trevor’s background, volunteerism, and the lessons he learned from experience, as well as his mentors.

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First Lesson

I learned very quickly to lean on people around you that have experience, and don’t be afraid to ask questions, because there’s never a bad question.

It’s not a sign of weakness; it’s actually a sign of strength in my opinion, when you’re willing to ask questions and take feedback from other people.

Second Lesson

Treat people the right way. If you read different books and watch different videos on leadership and such, you see the difference between being a boss and being a leader.

Developing that leadership aspect as opposed to the boss mentality – the quicker a young professional can figure that out, I believe the more success they’re going to have in a leadership role.

That’s something I learned from watching, seeing how people did things. I tried to do that right away.

The boss comes in and tells people what to do, but a leader shows them what to do and leads by example.

Third Lesson

Don’t sweat the small stuff. Don’t get me wrong – I do sweat the small stuff sometimes when I want things to go well. But I’ve learned over the years how to handle some adversity, and how to handle some negativity.

You’ll quickly learn that you can’t please everybody. You’ll never please everyone, but you can do your best to please people.

You strive to be the best you can be, you strive to be the hardest working person you know. You strive to do things right all the time. At the end of the day, if you know you’ve done that, then that’s something that you can be very proud of.

Links and Resources

Connect with Trevor: LinkedIn | Twitter

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