An Athlete’s Responsibility

While speaking with a group of athletes last week on the responsibility to be a leader,  I was taken aback by how attentive the group was. I think we are entering an era of endless possibilities for molding the integrity of today’s athlete.

I find them so ready and willing to hear about how it is they can become better people while they improve as players. I am currently working on my second book,  Competing with Compassion, and I am encouraged by the fact that its message will be well received by this generation of athletes.

I find that these young men and women want to contribute to others, they want to sacrifice for the team and learn how to lead their teammates. They want to know how to be a better, more centered person as well as a high achieving athlete.

This is great stuff! It gives me a lot to look forward to as a sports fan.


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6 Responses to “An Athlete’s Responsibility”

  1. David Lega Says:

    I just found your weblog and I really enjoy reading your post. I think we share a lot of ideas and beliefs in our work. All the best. David Lega

  2. Reggie Greene/The Logistician Says:

    We communicated last week about one’s responsibility to the team as an athlete. The reason why I have always loved football is that it has the largest number of players on a team of which I am aware, and every single player has a responsibility every single play which can determine the success or failure of that play. It’s about individual responsibility, but all ultimately leading to the TEAM’s success.

  3. kevintouhey Says:

    Great point about football Reggie. Without the right mindset, some athletes might perceive being a quarterback or wide receiver as the only way to be a significant contributor,but every one on the field plays a major part. For example, a quarterback is only as good as his offensive line allows him/her to be.

  4. Reggie Greene/The Logistician Says:

    Additionally, think of the importance of a celebrated wide receiver, like a Jerry Rice or Terrell Owens, making a block so that the running back or QB can gain additional yards, or even the other receivers on the team.

  5. kevintouhey Says:

    You’re absolutely right, some positions might not be as glamorous in the eyes of a casual fan, but to the player receiving all of the recognition, he/she knows that his/her accomplishments were greatly facilitated by equally hardworking teammates. Teams where players understand their roles, and their roles’ importance tend to be more successful. They’re more cohesive as they understand that the whole is greater than the sum of its parts.

  6. Mike Foster Says:

    Hope and peace for this holiday season and for a fantastic 2009!

    Happy Holidays!

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