We all have different goals for roller derby and every single one of them is fantastical! Champs. To be a better jammer. No penalties. A better booty. Raise more money this year for the local charity than last year. Smaller pants size. Increase profitability for each bout this season. Whatever your goal is – I LOVE IT!
Leadership can be a funny thing. I don’t think that people are born leaders. We are created over time. Anyone can be a leader if they want it. A N Y O N E. We fail a lot. We fail some more and then keep going. The flip side to leadership – we need people to follow us. If nobody is following you, then you are not a leader. Do you want to be a leader? If you do – awesome! If you do not – that’s awesome too! It’s a choice. Go lead. Go follow. Both are a blast when we choose wisely!
Here are a few of my leadership mantras:
1) Walk the Talk. If my goal is to be on the starting line up of my team, I declare this goal and then I show up. I have perfect attendance, I shut my mouth when coaches / captains are talking, I pay attention to what I am putting into my mouth because what I put into my mouth affects my performance on the track, I’m skating outside of practice and I’m hitting the gym. I opened my mouth and said that I wanted to do this so I need to follow up with the actions. If we say something and do nothing – people notice.
2) Be nice. Of course there are some days that we just want to throat punch someone and we don’t! We put a smile on our face and thank everyone for their time. Leaders are likable and people want to spend time with them. If we are mean on a regular basis, people will not want to spend time with us.
3) Make friends. If you are rallying your team or league to have the biggest fundraiser of the year – friends know why their friends are involved. Friends know why their friends play roller derby. Friends know why their friends support the roller derby league if they’re not an active skater. Friends know why their friends haven’t been showing up. Friends reach out to friends and build a community.
4) Accept responsibility for mistakes and apologize right away. At some point in time, we are going to mess up, fail or done goof. Recognize what happened, reflect to figure out why it happened, get with whomever was affected, apologize and get back to your goals.
5) HAVE FUN! Yes! I said it! We all have our personal, professional, love, family, hobby, pet, garden, etc goals! Have fun at every level of every goal! If you have to ask yourself – did I smile today? You may need to reevaluate.
Big hugs! You got this!