What is leadership for NYFA?
Leadership is not about telling others what to do, it is about giving young people the tools, the self-esteem, the self-confidence to make smart decisions. To create an environment where the individual knows when and what questions to ask to solve problems and maximize their development. To create confidence in the development process to enable personal growth. It’s about building trust, and thereby better people.
As an individual, you have a responsibility for how you exercise your leadership. You should be able to stand for your words and your actions. The entire association, from the boardroom to coaches, players, parents, referees and sponsors, has a responsibility in its role to give the association the best possible opportunity to develop in a positive way. You have that responsibility. This means that everyone involved also has a collective responsibility for the association’s actions, values, behaviors, and standards.
Our heritage is the sum of our actions. It is the culture we create, the attitudes that survive after we have left. How you treat others has a lasting impact. Your actions as a leader will live on and it is up to you whether it is in a positive or negative way.
Qualities that NYFA believes characterize a fantastic leader:
Leadership means having a vision that you share with others. You can only lead a team towards a common goal if you manage to inspire them.
A leader knows better than anyone else how to motivate his surroundings. Through motivation, the leader communicates energy and professionalism that brings the group closer to the goal.
Emotional intelligence is one of the leader’s most underrated qualities. The opportunity to understand someone else’s situation and understand them to solve problems.
Skilled leaders can create an environment that encourages participants to develop their qualities and imagination so that they can solve problems and make independent decisions. Encourage creativity and be open to learning from your surroundings.
A leader must be the flag bearer, but sometimes you have to take a step back and let the team take the initiative to promote their development.
A leader must be able to work in a group to achieve a common goal. If the leader can create trust and a positive attitude in the group, it will grow with the task. Leaders with a focus on the team take responsibility when things go wrong and reward the group when things go right.
A leader dares to take risks that no one else does. They are confident in their decision making and admit when they are wrong. Leaders see opportunities where others see problems and spread enthusiasm to realize their vision.
Leadership is to constantly strive for improvement. To create high-performing individuals who reach heights they never thought were possible.
What is leadership for you?