I had the opportunity to attend the NIC-10 Red Ribbon Leadership Conference last week after being nominated by my soccer coach. Events like this give me a chance to learn leadership skills that I can use on the soccer field as well as in my other endeavors. I found the leadership conference a wonderful opportunity to meet fellow athletes in a setting away from the stadium. We developed camaraderie through team building exercises.
Speaker Craig Hillier of Winning Edge Seminars (http://craighillier.com) discussed ways to build team unity, implement conflict resolution, and how to mentor teammates as they deal with difficult situations.
I often find myself having to handle these issues as varsity soccer captain. I have assisted teammates struggling with their school grades so that they remain eligible for play. And of course, opportunities to lead on the field are always present from calling plays to motivating players through a slump.
My soccer season is winding down but other commitments call upon me to act as a leader and I know Mr. Hillier’s tips will be valuable.
Here’s a link to news coverage of the event: https://www.wifr.com/content/news/150-student-athletes-learn-about-leadership-at-Red-Ribbon-Conference-493200641.html