What is leadership to NYFA?
Leadership isn’t about telling others what to do, it’s about giving youth players the tools, the self-esteem, the sense of self-worth to make smart and long-term viable decisions. It’s about providing the right set of conditions so that they can understand a topic or concept. To create an environment where the player knows when and what questions to ask to maximise his or hers individual development. To create belief and confidence in the process to enable personal growth. It’s about building confidence and through that, better people.
As an individual you have a reasonability on how you exercise your leadership, your sport and in what regard your club holds youth sports. You should be able and want to stand up and say “This is the way we do things and we do it this way because…”. Every part of the club, from the boardroom to coaches, players, parents, referees, sponsors and supporters have a responsibility of the part they play in giving the club the best possible opportunity’s to develop in a positive manner. You own that responsibility. That means that everyone involved also carries a collective responsibility for the clubs actions, core values, behaviour, teaching standards and performance.
What we leave behind isn’t just the physical remains, it’s also the sum of our actions. It’s the culture we create, the undefinable attitudes that live within the organisation regardless of the people. The way you treat others have a lasting impact. It’s the environment that the club develops within. Your actions as a leader will live on and it’s up to you if it’s in a positive or negative way.
Here are some key attributes that NYFA believe make GREAT leaders…
Leading means having a vision and sharing it with others. Only when you get to inspire others, it is possible to share a common goal towards which to direct the efforts and dedication of the entire team.
The leader knows how to motivate better than anyone else; it is one of their main functions as people managers. Through motivation, the leader channels the energy and professional potential of their team, in order to achieve the objectives.
One of the basic qualities of any leader seeking success is precisely emotional intelligence, that ability – often innate – that makes leaders put themselves in the place of others, understand their concerns and solve problems.
The definition of leadership also has to do with creativity. Good leaders are able to create an environment that will encourage all the members of their team to develop their skills and imagination, so that they can contribute to the common project and vision. If you want to lead successfully, respect the creativity of others and learn from the people around you; their ideas will surely prove to be positive for you.
The leader must be the “torchbearer”, however leaders also know when to step back and let their team take the initiative. In this way, the team gets the chance to develop, both personally and professionally. Pure management focuses on the tasks & results, real leadership focuses on the people and development.
True leadership is about working in a team to reach a common goal. Thanks to the positive attitude, essential in good leaders, and the trust, people get better results. Team-aware leaders take responsibility when something is wrong, and reward the group after a job well done.
The leader is the one responsible for taking the risks that others are not willing to take. They are confident enough to make a decision, and if they make a mistake, the leader must have the courage to rectify, assume their guilt and take the right path, without blaming it on the team. Good leaders know how to get ahead of their time, they see opportunities where others can’t and know how to spread the enthusiasm for their vision to try to make it real.
True leadership seeks continuous improvement. Leaders have the ability to turn the people in their teams into stars, people who have improved and developed their skills through the influence of their leader.
In short, the definition of leadership has nothing to do with the hierarchy or position of anyone; it has nothing to do with imposing views but with listening to those around you. Leadership is the attitude assumed by those looking for something different, who are committed to achieving a goal and whose conviction they manage to transmit to others through enthusiasm and optimism to reach a common goal.
What is leadership for you?