When I began coaching tee ball several years ago I wanted to teach the kids about more than just baseball. I wanted to help build strong, courageous and caring kids. After a few practices, I found the key to this: leadership. Regardless of age or gender, everyone is a leader in one way or another. The question is not, “do you want to be leader?” it’s actually, “how can you be a great leader?” There is a real need to teach our kids, starting at a young age, about leadership. I was inspired to use my position as a coach to accomplish this.
Transform Your Youth Sports Experience from Ordinary to Extraordinary in Five Minutes
In youth sports, the coaches and parents have a unique opportunity to develop leadership qualities in kids. Leading by example is important, but being organized and intentional is critical when it comes to teaching kids. Spending just five minutes during each practice teaching players about leadership will develop a close knit team in which the players are dedicated to the growth and success of their teammates. The players develop leadership skills that help them become leaders on and off the field. [Read more…] about Transform Your Youth Sports Experience from Ordinary to Extraordinary in Five Minutes
Forgiving yourself is a critical step in leadership.
You are not the sum of your past mistakes. You are the product of your next wise decision.
This lesson uses a fun exercise with money to teach kids that we do not lose our value even though we make mistakes. In the previous lesson, we learned about forgiveness. Forgiving others relieves the burden of past mistakes for the forgiven as well as the forgiver, thereby, allowing both individuals to move forward. Without forgiveness we would be perpetually weighed down by our mistakes and unable to reach our potential. Forgiving someone is like giving them a gift, and it often brings relief as well as joy.
Often, the most difficult person for you to forgive is yourself. Perhaps, it is because you know exactly what you did and why you did it. There is no “leap of faith” in forgiving yourself. However, in order to be a leader, forgiveness is required just the same.
APIVEO is as simple and true as 2+2=4. APIVEO players and coaches PLAY 2 WIN but LIVE 2 SERVE. APIVEO is not a wishy washy self-esteem program. APIVEO builds leaders while enhancing the naturally competitive spirit in sport. With that said, APIVEO teaches kids that life is much more than a “competition.” Life’s purpose is realized through serving, caring and adding value to those around you. So roll up your sleeves and Always Play 4 Each Other!
At APIVEO we strive to teach kids about character and leadership. We offer resources that help kids understand that leadership comes from and through serving others. The way kids serve others is based each child’s unique gifts and talents. Watch this great segment from NBC’s Dateline program discussing Servant Leadership with the president of the Robert K. Greenleaf Center for Servant Leadership. Imagine teaching this to our kids. Join the APIVEO movement and you can do more than just image it! Contact us so we can help you bring APIVEO to your community. Thank you! Brad@APIVEO.com