Student-Athletes inspired to “Lead Like a Champion”
When a student-athlete is placed in a leadership role on their sport team, are they prepared to lead in a positive manner? Play Like a Champion’s research shows that athletes greatly benefit from the opportunity to discuss and reflect upon what it means to be a “Leader/Captain” on their team, so we have created the “Student-Athlete Leadership” Session. Captains and team leaders come together to discuss the qualities and values of an effective Leader. We had the privilege to conduct two of these sessions in Dallas this past weekend with Bishop Lynch High School and with Cristo Rey Dallas College Prep. The highlight of the sessions came when student leaders broke into groups to create their own definition of Leadership. Dallas Cristo Rey Student-Athlete's definition of leadership is: "A leader is a role model with integrity, one who takes responsibility when no one is watching, who wants everyone to grow and get better, who pushes self and team to reach their full potential and gets better with perseverance and grit." This definition serves as a strong reminder to all of us on the true nature of Leadership.
Discussion at the sessions revolved around how to apply the school's mission statement to the athletic experience truly creating "mission-driven" athletics. The essential qualities of a servant leader were discussed including being a role model who is compassionate, honest, a strong positive communicator and one who cares for and includes every member of the team. The student-athletes truly valued the conversation... 100% of them would recommend this session to another athlete. Some comments following the session:
· “I will make sure everyone’s voice is heard on our team.”
· “I will check in with others on my team and involve faith in our team culture.”
· “I realize how to be a leader to work as a team and communicate well.”
Pictured is what student-athlets at Bishop Lynch wrote as the definition of Leadership and the characteristics of a Champion.
High Schools – call us to schedule your Athlete Leadership session TODAY!