“Leaders aren't born they are made. And they are made just like anything else, through hard work. And that's the price we'll have to pay to achieve that goal, or any goal.”
- Vince Lombardi
Not surprisingly, this quote from one of football’s greatest coaches, Vince Lombardi, captures the essence of what leadership is all about. Leadership is “SERVICE TO OTHERS.” It requires toughness, discipline, and above all, selflessness. These character traits lie within all of us, the question is: are you committed to revealing them?
The goal of the Leadership Training Class (LTC) is to answer that question. LTC will meet every Thursday morning from March 10 to May 19 at 7:00am in room 316 at Lyndon Institute. Topics covered will range from goal setting to how to maintain composure to building teammate’s confidence. The class is open to anyone entering their second year of varsity football.
Below is the LTC introduction.
THE LEADERSHIP COUNCIL
Welcome to Leadership Training Class (LTC) here at Lyndon Institute. Being part of the Leadership Council (LC) in our program is a special honor. The Leadership Council is an absolutely vital part of our team; its members have a unique role in the locker room, and often, develop a very special relationship with each other, and our coaches.
Before we begin, there are a few things you need to be aware of.
1. I am proud of you for having the courage to take the challenge of completing LTC, and for having the desire to be in one of the most difficult positions on our team – LEADER.
2. This program owes you absolutely nothing. If you are going to be part of the Leadership Council you will EARN it.
3. Leadership is not for everyone…
4. Longevity does not equate to leadership.
5. Your leadership skill is not equal to your ability to play the game.
6. Some positions demand that you become a leader (QB, MLB, FS).
7. Leadership skills can be learned and practiced.
8. Your leadership will be constantly evaluated in Practice, Games, School, and the Community. If you are falling short of the mark, you will be held accountable.
9. What is said in LTC, stays in LTC.
10. Leadership is a RESPONSIBILITY not a REWARD
EXPECTATIONS and REQUIREMENTS
Failure to meet, or complete, any of the requirements and/or expectations listed below will be grounds for your removal from LTC and will end your potential participation in the Leadership Council.
1. Minimum of 2 years participation in the Lyndon Institute football program
2. 100% attendance at LTC
3. Completion of all LTC homework assignments
4. 80% attendance at team activities (lifting, social events, spring ball, etc)
5. In good academic standing
6. Submit the following documents by May 10:
- Letter of Interest
- Statement of Goals
- Individual (Practice – Games – School – Community)
- Team (Practice – Games – School – Community)
- Action Plan (how you will meet the goals you stated above)
7. Complete Job Interview
While this may seem like a lot, remember that the Leadership Council is critical to our team. In order for us to be a successful team, we will need leaders who are Tough, Disciplined, and Selfless. TDS leaders seek out challenges, and look forward to overcoming obstacles.
“Of course its hard. If it wasn’t hard, everyone would do it. It’s the hard that makes it great..”