Sarina Wiegman has a proven track record of leading her teams to glory: she did it with the Netherlands’ women’s football team in 2017 and she’s done it again with the England Euros squad in 2022. Using the same resources, she takes her team to the top where her predecessors could not. How does she do it? What is she doing differently as a manager?
Sarina’s story may contain the answer.
It begins on the streets of the Hague, where she grew up playing football with her twin brother from an early age. She joined her first team, KFC ‘71, in 1987. Then, while playing in the 1988 FIFA Women’s Invitation Tournament, she met the USA’s national coach, Anson Dorrance, who invited her to come and play at the University of North Carolina (UNC).
There, she demonstrated a natural talent for leading. One former teammate at UNC, team USA superstar Kristine Lilly, describes Sarina’s leadership style as leading by example, speaking only when she felt she needed to.
Sarina’s year-long experience in the USA had a far-reaching effect on her management approach: “You felt that the coaches wanted to make you work hard and develop as a player, but that they also wanted to take care of you… I still use some things I learned that year in terms of how to get the best out of others, and myself.”
Register for Free Access
Not yet a Member, Subscriber or Friend? Register as a CMI Friend for free, and get access to this and many other exclusive resources, as well as weekly updates straight to your inbox.
You have successfully registered
As a CMI Friend, you now have access to whole range of CMI Friendship benefits.
Please login to the left to confirm your registration and access the article.
Our extensive range of articles are designed to keep you in the loop with all the latest management and leadership best practice, research and news.
Members See More
CMI Members have access to thousands of online learning and CPD resources. Learn more about our membership benefits
Join The Community
CMI offers a variety of flexible membership solutions, tailored to your needs. Find out more and get involved in the CMI community today.