Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Leadership From The Point

In basketball, the point guard position is generally regarded as the on court leader. They have an important role of facilitating and executing the wishes of their coach on the offensive and defensive ends of the floor.

In some respects, they're considered to be an extension of the coach, without the clipboard.

The point guard may play a key role in running the team on the floor but this doesn't mean that leadership skills can't be demonstrated by others.

Through our actions, each of us can display leadership qualities in our daily lives and make a positive difference, whatever our title or position is.

This isn't to suggest that anyone can be a leader. There's still a certain level of training, experience and aptitude that come into play.

However, individuals shouldn't feel that they can't act like leaders because they don't have the title bestowed on them.

In his book, "You Don’t Need a Title to Be a Leader", Mark Sanborn indicates that the following qualities are shared by leaders:

*Acting with purpose rather than getting bogged down by mindless activity;

*Caring about and listening to others;

*Looking for ways to encourage the contributions and development of others rather than focusing solely on personal achievements;

*Creating a legacy of accomplishment and contribution in everything they do.

Remember, leadership skills can come from a variety of sources and we all have the capacity to demonstrate them. All that's needed, is the confidence and supportive enviorment to make it possible.

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