At least not because they’re great at the game.

As it turns out, star players often make poor coaches.

Because the skill sets are so different.

If you’ve slated your superstar for promotion, consider the following:

  • Do they want to lead others?
  • Spend the time necessary to develop talent?
  • Build a team?
  • Have they demonstrated a propensity for, and enjoyment of, strategic thinking?
  • Are they interested in far greater responsibility?
  • Visibility?
  • Ready for the rigor of running a P&L?
  • Do they excel at relationship building?
  • Are they eager for the challenge and able to quickly learn as they stretch?

Superstars can, of course, become outstanding coaches.

But not because they’re extraordinary players.


Sarah Levitt is a trusted guide to the c-suite who works with CEOs, senior executives slated for promotion at leading organizations, and senior leadership teams.  She is the author of the book Magnificent Leadership, creator of The Making Magnificence Project®, and consults and speaks to a broad range of clients, including Harvard Kennedy School of Government, BASF Corporation, Ultimate Software, and American Bankers Association.  She is also a coach in the elite Executive MBA program at UNC’s Kenan-Flagler Business School.

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