Building Up Others As A Leader

Many individuals wrongly assume that they cannot take on a leadership role on their team because they were not given a specific title such as team captain or the most valuable player.

However, effective leaders don’t need authority, an important title, or even a high skill level. Effective leaders need to be skilled at building up the strength of others in order to strengthen the entirety of the team.

In sports, there many moments where something can go wrong or individuals can make mistakes. In these moments, leaders need to be able to help that individual overcome it and keep their confidence high going forward. In order to do this, leaders must develop 4 key traits that they will need in order to help people be at their best at all times.

Trait #1: Love

You will find many people in sports who think that they “love” their teammates or coaches, but don’t actually show that love in any way. This is because they don’t know what it means to love one another.

Love means being willing to sacrifice your own success or fame for the good of others, which is easy to say, but not do.

However, it is a requirement for effective leadership. Being willing (actually willing) to do anything for your teammates or coaches to succeed will only show them how much you care about the team’s success.

Any team where each individual member cares more about their team’s achievements, and is even willing to sacrifice their own accolades for it, is one where the sum will be much greater than the individual parts.

Trait #2: Compassion

Compassion is the ability to recognize and care about the misfortunes of others. Being an effective leader means you are able to recognize when a teammate or player needs encouragement or praise.

Things happen quickly in sports, and it is easy to get caught up in the action and neglect a teammate’s or player’s reaction to adversity. However, it is during those chaotic moments that you need compassion the most.

Think about the last time you made a costly mistake in a game.

Did you receive encouragement from a teammate or coach? If you had, you were more than likely able to move on quickly to the next play because you knew that that person wasn’t concerned about your mistake but was more concerned about getting you ready to make winning plays in the future.

Show compassion to others by recognizing a teammate or player’s feelings and caring enough to take action and help them through their adversity.

Trait #3: Empathy

Similar to compassion, empathy is the ability to not only recognize your teammate’s or player’s emotions, but to also feel those emotions as if they were your own.

This will help you understand the kind of encouragement others may need because you know exactly how they feel. Anyone can be sympathetic from a distance, but an effective leader desires to understand what a teammate or player is feeling so that you can help them overcome their difficulties and succeed in the future.

Any team where the individual members desire to understand their teammate’s or player’s feelings will become a more unified and bonded unit.

People will not want to follow someone unless they know how much that person cares about their experiences and perspectives.

Trait #4: Desire To Serve

Showing up every day to practice or competitions only wanting to serve your own needs will break your team apart rather than bring your team together.

You need to recognize that serving your team is the best way to promote individual success.

Winning cannot occur unless all team members are willing to help each other be the best they can be. Individual stats cannot happen unless those team members are putting in effort to help you achieve.

Effective leadership happens when you recognize how you can help other teammates or players achieve their goals. How much effort would you be willing to put in if you knew another person wasn’t willing to help you be at your best?

The more you can show your teammates or players that you are willing to serve them, the more they will be willing to give up their own agendas to achieve the team’s goals.

Being an effective leader for your team is more than just wanting to tell everyone what needs to be done and how. It matters how you treat your teammates and players as well as how you approach their success.

Developing these 4 traits will help you build up others so that the entire team can achieve more success and grow stronger as a cohesive unit.


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