Recognize The Drop Off

Nov 15, 2018

As leaders responsible for leading our athletes we need to recognize and become aware of the leadership drop-off; a common occurrence in leadership.

Whatever level you are at as a leader, there will always be a drop-off from your level to those around you.

If they were able to “score” you as a leader and you scored at 84%, for all intensive purposes, that’d be a pretty good grade.  You’d be sitting comfortably with a 3.0 GPA and B’s up and down your report card.  Very respectable.

An 84% score takes on a new perspective when you remember there is always a leadership drop-off from the leader to those they’re leading.  How much of a drop-off varies based on the person and circumstances but lets say the drop-off is 15%.

If you’re leading your team at an 84% and there’s a 15% drop-off from your leadership to your players leadership, your players will be leading at a 69%.

A level of leadership that warrants a D letter grade.

The drop-off from your leadership to those you lead varies but there is always a drop-off.  Knowing that, logic tells us if there’s a drop-off, then leading at our highest levels will raise the levels of those we’re leading.  Correct.

If you’d score as an 84% as a leader, you need to fight to raise that score.  We need to be so good as a leader that even if there’s a drop-off with our players, they’re still scoring at a high level.

So how strong of a leader are you?  How much do you work on your leadership?  How much thought do you put into being the absolutely best version of yourself?

Below is a list of ways you can actively grow as a leader.

  • Listen to leadership or coaching podcasts
  • Read 1-2 leadership books a month
  • Create a leadership text chat (group of friends, teammates, etc) who are committed to pushing each other to another level.
  • Evaluate your morning routine to assure you start your day filled up. What needs to be added?  What needs to be removed? (you can’t fill others if you’re empty)
  • Write-out 2-3 areas of leadership you’d like to build into a strength and pursue growth in those specific areas over the next 30-days.
  • Pray/Meditate to help you become a more “centered” leader.
  • Adjust who you follow on social media by adopting the 10&10 rule; each month un-follow 10 individuals or pages that distract you or “bring you down” and replace them with 10 new follows of individuals or pages that you believe will challenge you and inspire you to be greater

How many of these things are you doing regularly?

The higher level of leadership you possess; the higher level of leadership those around you will possess.  Live with a higher standard of living.  Coach with a higher standard of leading.

When the leader improves, everybody wins.

Fill the form out below for access to a free preview of our exercises.

Are you new to Lead ‘Em Up?

Hi Hanna, This is Jef McClimans, Erin Evenhous' new husband. Pete Lauer gave me your number.We provide teams with leadership exercises they can use to turn their players into the leaders needed to win.

Check out our FREE EXERCISE: Go for the Gold,one of our most powerful exercises, your players will learn a life-changing strategy allowing them to better welcome in new players, build stronger connections and get to know their teammates deeper than before.

Other Posts

5 Dangers of Red Players

5 Dangers of Red Players

To build green we first remove the red. Red players are a threat to your team, if their behaviors are not addressed the team will never become what it aspires to be.

2022 Green 13 Nominations

2022 Green 13 Nominations

Green 13 is back and bigger than ever. Two years ago we introduced our national Green 13 Program; a celebration of 13 students/athletes across the country who best represent what it means to be "GREEN". Previous Green 13 Recipients Year 1 Recipients Year 2 Recipients...

Podcasts

Cool vs Care

Cool vs Care

In this leadership breakdown, Adam and Kyle discuss a dilemma kids face with their teammates or friends, which we refer to as Cool vs Care. Kids are more concerned with being "cool" with their teammates, rather than actually "caring" about their teammates. Truly...

Becoming a Champion – Kenneth MacFawn

Becoming a Champion – Kenneth MacFawn

In this episode, we are joined by restaurant owner and World Pizza Champion Kenneth MacFawn. An owner of White Rabbit Gastropub and Rad Pies in Maryland, he recently won Best Deep Dish Pizza in the Las Vegas World Pizza Competition. He brings a different perspective...