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Major Leadership Mistake I Made and What I Learned

by Stacie ~ January 23rd, 2017. Filed under: Coach Softball.

I used to think …

“I don’t care if you like me or not. My job is to help you be your best. Even if you can’t stand me, if I helped you be the best you can be, I will have done my job as a coach.”

Then I had a great player teach me that …

If a player doesn’t trust me because I hurt them and made them feel disrespected by me because of some careless words I let come out of my mouth …

That’s on ME!

And I CANNOT help someone else be their very best if I lose their trust.

Trust is not something you always get back if you ever had it in the first place.

Choose to follow universal timeless principles that BUILD trust and respect from your entire team (not just from a few select individuals).

Those who rely solely on “formal authority” will LOSE this trust and respect.

Choose your words and actions wisely as you lead your team and/or family.

True leadership is moral authority, not formal authority. Leadership is a choice, not a position. The choice is to follow universal timeless principles, which will build trust and respect from the entire organization. Those with formal authority alone will lose this trust and respect. - Stephen Covey

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Stacie Mahoe shares lessons learned from decades around the diamond. Enjoy her unique insights on softball and life from years as a player, coach, parent, and fan of the game.

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