Outgoing All Blacks coach Steve Hansen has handed out some free advice for his imminent successor.
With just two candidates thought to be left in the running for New Zealand Rugby’s top coaching job – Ian Foster and Scott Robertson – Hansen made it clear that whoever gets the role must be an incredible leader.
“Leadership is about influencing through relationship,” Hansen told All Blacks TV.
“It’s not about how much IQ you’ve got, it’s about how much EQ [emotional quotient] you’ve got.”
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At one point Hansen illustrated that Foster, his assistant coach for the past eight years, may have an advantage over Robertson who has yet to play a part in the All Blacks coaching ranks.
“Understanding the environment you’re in is going to be important, building relationships within that. Getting your team around you right [is] also really important, and what roles you want them to do.”
Meanwhile, Robertson’s strength of personality could help the current Crusaders coach make his mark in the role – as long as he doesn’t change.
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“By and large, the big thing is he’s got to be himself. If he does that, then people will get in behind him.”
Hansen went on to explain that the massive win over Ireland did them no favours, as they may have relaxed a little bit ahead of task that no side has achieved, winning three World Cups in a row.
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