In sport, the kick is never far away

The administrator has to find the time to plan, strategise and implement programmes for the development of the sport in a holistic manner. He/she has to be in the know in respect of international developments in the sport and facilitate the local organisation's responsiveness to them. He/she has to manage the organisation's relationships with stakeholders at all levels at the local, regional and international levels.

There is always much work to be done and as sport moves into the higher echelons of business there will increasing pressure placed on those involved to contribute more of their time and themselves in the future.

Unfortunately, in most of our sporting organisations across the world leadership is often sought as an opportunity to posture rather than work. The satisfaction of one's ego assumes greater importance than ensuring that the organisation meets its commitment to be of service.

In almost every international sports federation the leadership becomes a virtual unto itself, parading like the peacock almost oblivious to the membership and seizing every opportunity to lord it over them. This was the point made by the author of the critical analysis of international sport, Lords of the Rings, some years ago.

We have unfortunately witnessed this at the international and regional levels. Some may suggest that Juan Antonio Samaranch, while President of the IOC some years ago, Joao Havelange, then President of the FIFA, are just two of those leaders who seemed to have seen themselves as larger than the organisations that gave them their leadership roles and whose heads stayed in the clouds far above the ‘minions' they were intended to serve.

Unfortunately, the world of sport continues to spawn many more like the aforementioned on an almost daily basis.