We see you. We may not physically see you, but we see how hard you’re working; teaching the sport you love, assisting in raising young people whom you see more hours in a day than your own children, and coaching leadership you hope lasts through this season, the off-season, and if the stars align, through next year.
Lead ‘Em Up wants you to win, in the category of leadership!
A True Win
A true developmental win in your program looks like this: the leadership habits you’ve committed to teaching today, would compound for years to come. A true win is possible and we are collectively in this together.
These quick and precise reminders can help take your foundational leadership principles within your program and set them up for continual, compounding success.
“Run your own Race.” You’ve likely heard that before. Or maybe you’ve heard the saying “comparison is the thief of joy.” Both common phrases relate back to this fact: Your program looks different than every other program in the country. No two programs the same. There are no two leaders the same, and if there were, they aren’t on your team together.
Focus On This
We encourage you to stay focused on what you can control; your program, your commitment to building leaders, and your approach to the environment you’ve help create and shape. Focusing on you and not them allows for one to have increased clarity and punctuality in building leaders while fostering their long term development.
Be their biggest fan. Yes, you are the coach and athletes need to be coached. However, in order to compound the work you’re doing to build your players’ leadership, you’ve also got to be their biggest fan in this area. Be intentional about celebrating their leadership wins on a regular basis.
Just like we celebrate our team victories when the scoreboard shows a greater number on our side than the opponents, we have to foster an environment where leadership is celebrated. In the long term, this creates a true platform for individuals to more frequently act on these leadership qualities which have been celebrated. Additionally it allows he or she to coach their teammates into these traits they’ve been applauded for living out.
Invest In Yourself
Finally, invest. Continue to invest in yourself as a means to master your (coach) craft, AND invest in yourself as a leader. We all know a powerful form of leadership is leading by example. Be that example. Even in our own Lead ‘Em Up community we have coaches go through exercises only to have self convicting moments where he or she recognizes they have work to do in a certain area. Don’t ignore those convictions while expecting your players to do the opposite. Continue to invest in yourself and see the compounding results filter through your team.
Coach, keep working. We see you!