Think back to the best teacher or coach that you ever had. What impact did they have on your life? Truly look under the hood to clearly see how your life path changed because of caring and committed coaches.
My own life took a huge turn for the better one day when a teacher and coach noticed that I had a gift for running. My guess is that you have a similar story. As I look back on my life, that one seemingly small event of a coach noticing me, changed the entire course of my life in incredibly positive ways.
The man who noticed my God given gifts was a servant leader who helped kids day in and day out. He did not seek glory or fame for himself. He sought to build up young people by connecting them to their unique talent and gifts in life. He was much more than just a teacher or coach. He was a great human being who consistently put the needs of others before his own.
I could write a book about the value of servant leadership. The impact of servant leadership is huge in so many areas of life. However, I’ll focus for a few minutes on the impact of servant leadership in the coaching profession.
If you are a new coach, never take for granted the role you can play in developing and mentoring others. Going the extra mile for the people you serve is part of the deal. If you are not truly committed to serving others, then the coaching profession is not for you.
What does it mean to be a servant leader?
Here are a few of my thoughts on what servant leadership means:
Doing things behind the scenes
daily to help others reach their God given potential that nobody sees
Holding additional practices when a student cannot attend practice due a legitimate priority conflict
Finding ways to explain training concepts to student-athletes based on the unique learning style of each individual
Customizing training strategies to the unique needs of each individual rather than taking a one size fits all approach
Preparing well for practice no matter what the weather conditions are like or how you personally feel about the adverse conditions
Connecting with the people you serve by truly knowing and caring about their story
Believing in others when they don’t believe in themselves
Developing a deep passion to help others reach their God given potential
Fighting for the needs of the people you serve
Doing for others what you would like done for you
Setting an example of commitment and care by consistently going the extra mile yourself
Telling the truth with compassion to the people you serve about their performance so they can move to the next level
And much more….
Servant leadership is simply Love in action. Servant leadership consistently places the needs of others before your own. It is the best leadership style to develop student-athletes for sport and life. It is the wise leadership choice of current and future generations.
If you choose to be a servant leader coach, you’ll most likely never become rich. Instead, you’ll store up your treasures in heaven where love and what really mattered in life lasts for eternity.