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Are You Creating Leaders in The Locker Room?


After a few weeks of fall camp and a handful of games, your season is starting to take shape. One of the reasons that your team may be succeeding is the leadership in the huddle. No matter what level you are coaching at, having strong leaders on the field is integral to your team’s execution, and ultimately, success.

“A leader is one who knows the way, goes the way, and shows the way.”
– John Maxwell

As a coach, how do you help your players develop the leadership skills that they will need to help meet your team goals? There are five questions that you could ask yourself:

  1. Who are your leaders? Determine a core leadership group.
  2. What type of leader are they? Are they vocal, or do they lead by example? Do you have leaders on offense, defense and special teams? 
  3. Are you giving them opportunities to lead? Do they have chances to prove themselves as leaders to the rest of the team?
  4. Are you communicating enough with them about their leadership style and opportunities to improve? These talks are crucial to leadership development. Goal-setting can be a nice way to chart progress.
  5. How have they developed this season? Are they meeting goals? Have new leaders emerged? Leaders need to continually improve. 

Keep developing leaders!

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