You gotta have…
Skin in the game.
Silent leadership was a weakness of mine, and I’m working on it.
I knew how to do things, when to do things, and why to do things, and very well, but I very seldom spoke up.
And there is danger in that, because you begin to bottle things that shouldn’t be bottled.
Releasing feelings, emotions, recommendations, etc, it’s a necessary thing for you as well as others to get better and master their skills.
Partly because I didn’t want to be a know it all, but the other part is the teachings of, “Lead by example.”
Yes, by all means lead by example, but don’t get swept up in the idea that people are only going to follow you by setting an example.
Setting an example is paramount to the upcoming generations, but it’s not the only thing.
We must ourselves be vocal.
Why should we be vocal?
Because by being vocal, you spark thoughts, you then spark words, which then spark action.
Everything in life compounds on one thing: the foundation.
You must lay the foundation, but you then must start building!
Tonight at baseball, my guys started practice sub par. The warmup up routine was sloppy, so I took them back inside and talked to them.
I didn’t show them up on the field, because that’s pointless, but I did explain to them the reason why I pulled them in mid-drill.
I explained to them the power in doing the little things the right way, and how that compounds on the big things [Tournament Champions]
I explained to them why it’s important to be vocal; without people talking, morale is lost.
The wind gets sucked out of our lungs.
We get defeated and clam up.
That’s not what successful teams do, that’s not what successful leaders do.
They get in each other’s business and challenge them to do better.
They fight for what’s right because they taste and smell victory.
They do extra reps when nobody’s watching because they have character, integrity, and the spark to be better.
They ask the coach what they need to work on, because they know they aren’t “there” yet.
Just as in anything, you have to be uncomfortable. If you’re comfortable, nothing is changing.
So, be vocal, because just as you need a leader, someone else sees you as a leader.