In an interview with the “Manager Magazine” Leadership expert Ina Toegel shared her assessments of Julian Nagelsmann’s leadership qualities. Toegel, professor of leadership and organizational change at the IMD in Lausanne, sees many positive qualities in the newly installed head coach of the men’s national soccer team that could lead him to success, but also mentions an initial mistake.
“I would say: yes, because he has all the prerequisites for it,” said Toegel when asked whether Germany could become European champions under Nagelsmann. She analyzed his leadership skills on three levels: individual personality, team leadership and stakeholder management. “In terms of personality, Nagelsmann has some good qualities. “He has the assertiveness he needs,” explained Toegel to “Manager Magazin”.
Toegel emphasized that an important, if counter-intuitive, quality that Nagelsmann needs is a certain impatience and a sense of urgency. “Coaches who are very calm and balanced wouldn’t be the right ones,” she said. However, she sees challenges with regard to stakeholder management, especially because of the critical media and public in Germany.
Experts see Nagelsmann’s first mistake when it comes to Manuel Neuer
A central topic of the interview was how to deal with “sacred cows”. Toegel advised that coaches and managers should have the courage to remove players and employees who are not performing at their best from the team. “Motivation and inspiration are important,” she added.
Regarding Manuel Neuer, Toegel mentioned one of Nagelsmann’s first mistakes. According to Toegel, he should have taken a clear position at the press conference. “That was a mistake on Nagelsmann’s part. He should have said clearly: New one in or new one out,” criticized Toegel in an interview with “Manager Magazin”. She emphasized that Nagelsmann should make a clear decision and communicate it. “That would be authentic,” says Toegel.
“Simply a game idea” isn’t enough
Toegel also spoke about the importance of having a clear strategy and objectives. She criticized Nagelsmann’s statement about the “simple game idea” as not being clear enough and emphasized that he needed to express himself more strongly. “He needs to be clearer,” she advised.
Despite some criticism, Toegel remains optimistic about Nagelsmann’s abilities. “I think so. I hope he learns that he needs to communicate more clearly. He won’t be loved by everyone. But he is dynamic, he has the personality and also the credibility. I would put my money on him,” she concluded in an interview with “Manager Magazin”.