A group of people had brought breakfast to support a local high school football team. The players were all very appreciative and so were the coaches. It was a great time to talk with them and get to know them. It was also great to see the interaction and observe the relationships between the players, the coaches and the community members that had come bringing food.
Several times throughout the brief encounter there were times when announcements had to be made. It’s not easy to get the attention of over 30 high school football players. But one thing was clear, when the coach spoke, they listened.
Observing throughout the short time it was easy to see that the attention given the coach was not the result of fear or consequences. The coach was well-liked and respected. Throughout the activity, by what was said and observed, it was easy to see that the head coach, as well as the rest of the coaching staff, cared greatly about the kids.
In talking with the coaches their concern went way beyond the football field. I heard stories of personal sacrifice of time, energy and money by the coach and his staff in support of the players; not just for their contributions to the football team, but in regard to the personal lives of the players. It was a joy to talk with team members and coaches, but a greater honor to observe the situation.
They were not a great football team. Their record for the season was a losing one, and the day we served breakfast turned out to be their last game of the season – a losing effort in the first playoff game.
But the leadership displayed by the coach and his staff was first that they cared. Great leaders care. Great leadership understands that the most important things may not be revealed in the score. Maybe the most important thing a coach can demonstrate is not that they won on the field, but that they cared off the field.
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