In basketball and in life, leadership is highly valuable. It is the goal of The Basketball Movement to turn out as many leaders as possible.
Every individual is made up of unique skills, strengths, and weaknesses. Society and teams are at their best though when leaders are able to step up and guide groups in ways that benefit everyone. The Basketball Movement wants to make sure to do our part in creating as many leaders as possible.
On the basketball court, it is easy to point to a team’s leading scorer or point guard when picking out the leader. This of course does not have to be true. Leadership is possible at all positions.
A player that always makes sure to be a positive presence on the bench is a leader. Players that work to foster off-court relationships with their teammates are leaders. Players that outrun everyone else during practice are leaders. Players that hold teammates accountable in the classroom are leaders.
You can still have the classic leaders as well; The most vocal defender, the offense initiator, or others that lead by example.
Leadership can be a difficult aspect of life to hone. To be a leader means to be one step ahead of others by taking initiative. That can be a bit scary sometimes, and it may occasionally strike a nerve with those around you. The key is to be confident and understanding of the sacrifices it takes to help a team succeed.
The Basketball Movement understands that leadership can come from anywhere, so we make sure to empower all of our players to step up as leaders in their own way. Leadership in basketball is just one of many lessons that we want our athletes to take away from their time with us.
Those of you that are leaders already - Go forth! Spread your gift in any way you can that helps others, on the court or off. As our players apply their lessons to their respective teams and other aspects of life such as work or school, we wish them the best and hope they continue to hold themselves to our high standards.
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