The Followership theme is a dynamic and unique approach to leadership within your teams. The theme will go from something most players aren’t familiar with, to being something the team needs to operate at the highest levels.

  • Players will be introduced to the Followership concept and how through Rotational Leadership, it applies to everyone
  • Players will understand the three Followership performance levels and the level they are required to perform at
  • Players will learn they have the ability to lead in all circumstances and in all moments even when they aren’t “the” leader at the moment

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One’s performance in following and responding to the leader

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Quiz Questions

Quiz Questions

Use these questions below to engage after you have taught the exercise.

  • What is the definition of the term Followership?
  • Red’s are ___________ to lead.
  • Green’s are _________ to lead.
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At Home

Coaches, use the below question, reflection, and action to engage parents, guardians, and other family members in the lessons learned in this exercise.

Suggestions on how to use: Email to parents the day you have taught this lesson, add it to the materials you send home, or text it to text message threads with your players.

  • Question: Why is Followership important to a team’s success?
  • Reflection: Where would you rate yourself on the Followership scale: Green, Gray, Red?
  • Action: Share one thing you will do each day this week to be a Green follower.
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Coach’s Reflection

Coach, take a moment to reflect on the lesson and how you can lead by example to your players. 

Coach, you are a leader and spend most of your time in that role, but have you ever reflected on your role as a follower? Where would you rate yourself as a follower: Green, Gray, or Red? Throughout the rest of the season be intentional about showing up Green as a follower. Whether it’s with coaches, athletes, or administrators you have the ability to lead the leader and enhance others’ confidence as leaders through your followership.