I was working with one of my girls last week and she told me that she didn’t want to be a leader because that means she would have to be bossy.
Honestly, my heart sank a little bit. All I could think was… shoot, if she thinks this, more girl athletes think this too.
👉Myth: Leader = Bossy
👉Truth: Leader = Inspiring
So, how do you be inspiring?? 🤷♀️
1️⃣ YOU JUST BE YOU!
You are unique and special in your own way.
The world needs all different kinds of leaders.
YOUR TEAM needs all different kinds of leaders.
There are athletes that need a quiet, subtle, lead by example kind of leader and some athletes need a more outgoing, bigger personality kind of leader.
We resonate differently with different people.
There are more women doing exactly what I do, but some like them more and some like more. AND THAT’S OKAY!
2️⃣ BE INCLUSIVE!
Nobody likes being “told” what to do.
🚫 What not to say: “Hey! Stop slacking and go pick up those balls over there.”
✅ What TO say instead: “Hey! Let’s go pick up those balls together.”
It sounds a lot different when you say words like we, together, us. Than, it feels like you are a real team!
3️⃣ LEAD BY EXAMPLE!
Just do the right thing. Period.
There can be more than one leader on a team. There HAS to be more than one leader on a team.
You’ve got this!
Keep on keepin’ on,
P.S. If you follow these steps, you’ll also gain tons of confidence!