• Leadership is a skill, not a rank. Being a good player gives you more influence, but it doesn’t make you a better leader.
  • Make sure your side of the street is clean.
  • Being curious about your teammates goes along way towards getting the most out of them.
  • Leadership isn’t the right to tell other people what to do.
  • Admit your mistakes. Showing vulnerability leads to respect and buy-in.
  • Be a direct truth teller. Just be aware of your tone.
  • Your teammates know if you’re full of it. You are never fooling them.
  • Leadership is more than being loud.
  • The ability to listen is a huge part of leadership.
  • If you don’t bring it every day, you won’t have their respect, no matter what you say.
  • Your approach has a bigger impact on your team than you realize.
  • There is no ego in leadership.
  • You’ll get the most out of your team if you get everyone to lead.
  • You can make up for a lot by simply competing your ass off.
  • If you are willing to overlook something, it will become the norm sooner than you think.
  • “Selfish” and “great leader” don’t go together.
  • Sometimes great leadership is staying out of the way.
  • Don’t be so quick to inject your intensity into an already intense situation.
  • If they see you showing up early or staying late, they’ll do the same.
  • Help the young players learn the plays. Don’t yell at them. It was hard for you too.
  • Try and win every sprint. And make sure you always touch the line.
  • You have the ability to help your teammates gain confidence.
  • Embrace the hard stuff in practice. Don’t complain about it. Your teammates will mimic you.
  • Understand the concepts and purpose of what you are trying to do. If you can’t explain it, you can’t hold others accountable for it.
  • Enjoy practice every day. Everyone will notice if you are having fun.
  • Keep things light. It’s okay to joke around. Just make sure you understand when.
  • Run the extra sprints with the guys who were late for class.
  • Don’t turn the locker room into a lounge. Get in and get out. You are there to get better.
  • It’s okay to take a day off.
  • Leadership is influence, and it’s with you wherever you go.
  • What you do is so loud, they can’t hear what you say.
  • There is no need to draw attention to yourself. You are trying to make your teammates better, not running for office.

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