By Inno Sita |Staff Writer|
Why is leadership so important? Could it be defined by a simple action or a behavioral approach? We often come across this question, but yet, the answers remain variable.
Many have depicted their own perspectives on the true meaning of leadership. In other words, leadership is viewed differently in many aspects.
We all have heard the phrase; actions speak louder than words. Bottom line is that’s how leadership could be properly specified.
Some CSUSB students who either participate in sports on or off campus were interviewed based on this topic.
Surprisingly, many have agreed that leadership has multiple meanings and they emerged some interesting point of views.
Brandon Wood, who is currently a flag football team member of the intramural sport here on campus, explained what he believes is the true definition of leadership.
“Leadership is the ability to bring together a team,” said Wood. “It’s stepping back and allowing your team to be able to lead on their own, but still be in control.
Leadership begins off the court/field, then you begin to build up a relationship with some teammates who will help you develop that character.”
Emmanuel Ezeagwula, a current CSUSB student who plays soccer off campus, considered a leader as a person who is a role model to others.
”I play soccer and to be a leader I would have to follow and lead. Always having the ability to accept positive feedback.”
According to Ezeagwula, leadership comes from core values, learning from previous experiences.
Jaslyn Cosey, guard for CSUSB women’s basketball team, had a different aspect on what leadership is.
“I feel as if there are several types of leadership, depending on their character. Some are quiet, loud, respectful, verbal, have the right tone and words.
There are also leaders off the court, who may not play as much, but have an important role that could help build up a team,” said Cosey.
A great leader is a person who has the ability to listen to others, accomplish their tasks with excellence and remains confident about their work. As well as being positive, which appears to be the key word.
Many athletes would agree that their coaches inspires them with defined words; words of encouragement and support.
They bring out the skills and talents from the players by all means necessary.
They are well acknowledged and set good rules for others to follow. On and off the field/court, great leadership is needed.
Leadership could also be applied in our daily life. knowing what to accomplish in life, we are leading our own destiny to success.
Surprisingly, we will find ourselves being our own true leader.
It could be as simple as, being disciplined, taking responsibilities, deciding what kind of lifestyle we choose to lead.
Also, allowing ourselves to acknowledge our core value makes us great self-leader.