Above, Toronto Maple Leafs Head Coach Mike Babcock speaks with reporter Lindsey Craig about achieving excellence. Babcock is a former World Junior, Olympic, World Cup and Stanley Cup-winning coach. 

Want to know how to lead a winning team? Learn from one of the best in this exclusive interview about leadership with Toronto Maple Leafs Head Coach Mike Babcock.

Babcock, who also holds a Bachelor of Education degree, has led teams to victory in the Olympics, Stanley Cup, World Cup, World Junior Championships and World Championships.

Reporter Lindsey Craig had an exclusive one-on-one interview with the legendary coach before he spoke at the Nov. 2016 University of Toronto/OISE event, “Creating High Performing Teams: Achieving Excellence in Sport and Education”.

For Lindsey Craig’s interview with Mike Babcock, watch the video above.

More than 100 principals and vice-principals from throughout the GTA gathered for the event, held in honour of those who mentor and support University of Toronto teacher candidates.

“Building a team is like signing a player to a long-term contract. It’s like getting married – you better make a good decision,” he told them. “You need to surround yourself with the power team you need.”

Among countless achievements, Babcock, who graduated with a degree in physical education and earned his Bachelor of Education from McGill University, was head coach of the 2008 Stanley Cup-winning Detroit Red Wings, Canada’s 2010 and 2014 Olympic gold-medal winning teams, and helped lead Team Canada to victory in the 2016 World Cup.

The native of Manitouwadge, Ont., who grew up in Saskatchewan, was hired in May 2015 on an eight-year contract to lead the Toronto Maple Leafs – a team which hasn’t won the Stanley Cup since 1967.

Babcock is author of the 2012 book, Leave No Doubt: A Credo For Chasing Your Dreams. The book speaks to making moments happen – through careful planning and being ready to capitalize when key opportunities arise.

Watch above for his key tips on effective leadership.

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