If what is on the inside is most important, does that mean what’s on the outside doesn’t matter? When it comes to being a leader we need to understand the importance of what is on the outside, as well as the inside. The content of our character is paramount, but what you show people initially can be truly inspirational. This is an important concept about leadership to teach kids; appearance does matter.
Leadership lessons for kids
Award winning writer and author, Lisa Cohn, recently interviewed Brad Jubin about APIVEO for the Ultimate Sports Parent podcast. Click above to hear the podcast and be sure to visit The Ultimate Sports Parent website for additional information about the world of youth sports and parenting your way through it.
When I began coaching tee ball several years ago I wanted to teach the kids about more than just baseball. I wanted to help build strong, courageous and caring kids. After a few practices, I found the key to this: leadership. Regardless of age or gender, everyone is a leader in one way or another. The question is not, “do you want to be leader?” it’s actually, “how can you be a great leader?” There is a real need to teach our kids, starting at a young age, about leadership. I was inspired to use my position as a coach to accomplish this.
Transform Your Youth Sports Experience from Ordinary to Extraordinary in Five Minutes
In youth sports, the coaches and parents have a unique opportunity to develop leadership qualities in kids. Leading by example is important, but being organized and intentional is critical when it comes to teaching kids. Spending just five minutes during each practice teaching players about leadership will develop a close knit team in which the players are dedicated to the growth and success of their teammates. The players develop leadership skills that help them become leaders on and off the field. [Read more…] about Transform Your Youth Sports Experience from Ordinary to Extraordinary in Five Minutes
Forgiving yourself is a critical step in leadership.
You are not the sum of your past mistakes. You are the product of your next wise decision.
This lesson uses a fun exercise with money to teach kids that we do not lose our value even though we make mistakes. In the previous lesson, we learned about forgiveness. Forgiving others relieves the burden of past mistakes for the forgiven as well as the forgiver, thereby, allowing both individuals to move forward. Without forgiveness we would be perpetually weighed down by our mistakes and unable to reach our potential. Forgiving someone is like giving them a gift, and it often brings relief as well as joy.
Often, the most difficult person for you to forgive is yourself. Perhaps, it is because you know exactly what you did and why you did it. There is no “leap of faith” in forgiving yourself. However, in order to be a leader, forgiveness is required just the same.