East Chicago Central High School
|CARDINALS FOOTBALL –
CREATING LEADERS- #1
What is leadership?
Its qualities are difficult to define. But, they are not so difficult to identify.
Leaders don’t force other people to go along with them. They bring them
along. Leaders get commitment from others by giving it themselves, by building
an environment that encourages creativity, and by operating with honesty and
Leaders demand much of others, but also give much of themselves. They are
ambitious – not only for themselves, but also for those who work with them.
They seek to attract, retain, and develop other people to their full abilities.
Good leaders aren’t “lone rangers.” They recognize that an organization’s
strategies for success require the combined talents and efforts of many people.
Leadership is the catalyst for transforming those talents into results.
Leaders know that when there are two opinions on an issue, one is not bound to
be wrong. They recognize that hustle and rush are the allies of superficiality.
They are open to new ideas, but they explore their ramifications thoroughly.
Successful leaders are emotionally and intellectually oriented to the future – not
wedded to the past. They have a hunger to take responsibility, to innovate, and
to initiate. They are not content with merely taking care of what’s already there.
They want to move forward to create something new.
Leaders provide answers as well as directions, offer strength as well as
dedication, and speak from experience as well as understanding of the
problems they face and the people they work with.
Leaders are flexible rather than dogmatic. They believe in unity rather than
conformity. And, they strive to achieve consensus out of conflict.
Leadership is all about getting people consistently to give their best, helping
them to grow to their fullest potential, and motivating them to work toward a
common good. Leaders make the right things happen when they’re supposed
A good leader, and effective leader, is one who has respect. Respect is
something you have to have in order to get. A leader who has respect for other
people at all levels of an organization, for the work they do, and for their
abilities, aspirations and needs, will find that respect is returned. And, all
concerned will be motivated to work together.