When I was a cheerleader in high school, I desperately wanted to be the captain.
At that time, we had to write essays and have an interview with the principal … and I remember that I took an unconventional approach.
I didn’t wanna lie and say all of the flowery things I knew they wanted to hear. I could do that, but what’s the point of it, really?
Why not just tell them what I’m really thinking?
You wanna know what I said?
I said that I wanted to be captain because I wanted to be in charge.
Yep. I said that.
I can laugh it off now. And looking back I realize how big of a mistake it was and why that’s not what leadership is.
But the truth is, there are a lot of cheerleaders out there who see being captain as being in charge and that’s all. They get to be the boss.
And sure, that’s a teeny, tiny part of it that manifests mostly on the sidelines … but it’s definitely NOT the whole enchilada (as we say here in the great state of Texas).
So I wanted to jot down a few notes about what I think a good captain isn’t and what a good captain is to share with you.
Because I want to make sure your squad is in the most capable leadership hands so you can actually utilize your leaders instead of working against them.
What They’re Not:
- The boss
- Your best friend
- The best cheerleader (necessarily)
- The most popular (usually)
- The loudest
What They Are:
- A true leader
- Not afraid to stand up
- Not afraid to go against the grain
- Wants to serve
- Wants to learn
- Wants and does well with responsibility
- Respectable and respected
- Keeps confidences
- Cares about her teammates
To me the best leaders are always the ones that care and desire to serve. That’s what makes you a good leader.
That’s what changes lives.
So let’s teach our captains to be more than bosses … to be true leaders.