An important area of development in student athletes is leadership. It is a valuable skill both on the field and off the field. Within the sports world, it is easy to see who the leaders are within a team. The leaders boost morale, lead by example, and are committed to the game.
- Maintain a positive and winning attitude
- Recognize and celebrate your teammate’s accomplishments
- Motivate the team (regular reminders of team goals)
- Organize team building activities outside of the locker room
- Maintain a level of FUN with the use of team chants, handshakes, and celebration dances
Lead by example!
- Arrive early to practices, meetings and games
- Be organized
- Listen to your coaches
- Speak to your teammates and coaches in a respectful way
- Be honest
- No negativity or complaints (it is contagious)
- Follow instructions and pay attention
Commit to the game!
- Always seek opportunities to get better
- Apply what the coaches say and implement it into the game
- Arrive early and stay late
- Ask questions and stay interested in the process
- Study, study, study!
All of these skills can be applied in the locker room and in the class room. At the end of the day, leaders are the ones who stand out within a group of people. They exude confidence and they receive respect. It is important to work on developing leadership skills as a student athlete because it helps with the recruiting process as well as your career as an athlete.
“Leaders are made, they are not born. They are made by hard effort, which is the price which all of us must pay to achieve any goal that is worthwhile.”
— Vince Lombardi, Head Coach Green Bay Packers (1959-67)