Ben Lyttleton is a football journalist, author and keynote speaker who works with some of the most prolific sports teams in the world to develop elite performance and refine competitive edge.
Through extensive interviews, access to insiders at Premier League giants and a life spent watching some of the most successful (and not-so successful) teams and managers, Ben has developed a comprehensive picture of leadership, teamwork and talent improvement.
In his first book Twelve Yards: The Art and Psychology of the Perfect Penalty, Ben examines how individuals understand and manage their anxiety to perform at their best under pressure. Drawing from the hard-won lessons of legendary games, in-depth statistical analysis and the first-hand experience of coaches and players from around the world, Ben analyses the diverse attitudes, tactics, and techniques that separate success from failure in one of the highest-pressure situations sports has to offer.
In 2017, Ben followed up Twelve Yards with Edge: Leadership Secrets of Football’s Top Thinkers. Interviewing some of football’s top coaches, including Thomas Tuchel and Ralf Rangnick, to learn how to foster talent and build empathy within a team, help individuals adapt in order to realise their potential, and find power in developing a social purpose.
Having learnt first-hand how football has adapted and innovated in the search to get the best from individuals and teams, Ben’s talks focus on what can be learnt from football and how that translates to business.
Revealing what can be learnt from the common traits not just within football, but anywhere that leaders and teams operate, Ben speaks on how best to communicate with a team to get results, how collective performance is measured and influenced, and how to develop resilience in new and established groups.
In looking at the key challenges, behaviours and lessons for leaders in any sector and with teams of any size, Ben illustrates the surprising and insightful aspects of leadership and teamwork in football whilst making it relevant and enlightening, even to those that aren’t fans of the beautiful game.
As well as his work as a speaker, Ben is the co-author of the best-selling children’s book series Football School, which uses football to open up the school curriculum and inspire a generation of children to develop a love of reading.
Ben’s latest project is as co-owner and board member of the Danish professional football club, Akademisk Boldklub, using his lessons from a career in football to take the team to the next level.