Noeline Taurua

The Importance of Strategic Drivers

We believe sport provides a learning environment for leadership and life, and so we interview Great Sports Coaches from around the world to find ideas to help us all be better people.

Our newsletter provides the best ideas from those interviews.

We hope you find one or two ideas that you can share with your family, friends, and teams.

Latest Interview

Like many of the Great Coaches that we’ve had the fortune to interview, Dame Noeline Taurua started her career on the court as a player, representing New Zealand as a member of the Silver Ferns netball team in the 1990s before becoming the head coach of Waikato Bay of Plenty Magic in 2002.

After nearly two decades in a career that has seen her receive multiple Coach of the Year awards and an appointment as Dame Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to netball, Noeline returned to the Silver Ferns in 2018 as head coach and has become known for the high standards of fitness that she requires trialists and players to meet.

In the latest episode of The Great Coaches Podcast, we spoke with Noeline in-depth about her career and what it takes to be a Great Coach.

There were a number of relatable, actionable points that were raised during the discussion, including:

  • The importance of strategic drivers and the considerable impact they have on the success of a team

  • The need to identify, encourage, and maximize the skills and talents of team members

  • The value of building an environment that not only encourages people to return, but also inspires them towards self-development and achievement

  • The desire for players and team members to make positive contributions to society, and how that can be encouraged

…and several other points that should be relatable to leaders in the world of sports, business, and far beyond.

If you’re looking for ways to better lead your team, family, or community, then this is an episode that you really shouldn’t miss.

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Leadership Insights

When it comes to leading high-performing teams, Sue Enquist knows what she’s talking about.

In this clip, UCLA Softball’s most winningest coach speaks on the topic of driving teams and how understanding the wants of your team members is a vital step in coaching them towards success.

There are more than 1200 insights just like this on our website, covering leadership topics such as establishing team values, creating cultures, and more.

All of our insights are indexed, searchable, and can be downloaded to share. (Some require a one-time purchase or subscription - you can find more information in their individual descriptions).

Leadership Skills

What is empowerment, and what does it mean to be empowered?

Inspired by the successes and achievements of women in sport, this podcast features some of the Great Female Coaches that we have interviewed and includes a number of clips and points related to the topic of preparing women to make strong choices and influence others throughout their careers.

Whether you yourself are a woman in a position of leadership, or you’re someone with female colleagues, teammates, or daughters that you wish to better support, the topics and insights raised in this podcast should be of considerable benefit and interest to you.

You can find this lesson, plus a number of others based on a variety of leadership topics, on our website:


Tony O’Connor is a double Olympian rower from Ireland, with five World Championship medals under his belt. He’s also the man who has changed the lives of hundreds of school-age boys across New Zealand, and the ‘Wizard’ behind the country’s gold-medal-winning Men’s 8 at the Tokyo Olympics.

A passionate coach who always puts people at the front of everything he does, Tony is a role model for sports coaches and leaders around the world who seek to support, encourage, and motivate their teams and inspire the individuals they work with.

The Coach For Life Foundation have released a fantastic free documentary that covers the life and achievements of Tony O’Connor in the hopes of inspiring coaches to embrace the challenge of growing better people through sport, and we think it’s a must-watch for anyone in a position of leadership.

Find the video here:


Looking to improve your own leadership skills?

The team at Elevated Leadership (including The Great Coaches host, Paul Barnett) combine decades of experience as international CEOs with tried-and-tested leadership methods and principles to help coach their clients towards becoming successful, impactful leaders.

If you’d like to learn how leadership coaching could help you and your career, reach out now:

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