A Leader In Every Locker; Week 2: Judgement

In week 2 of training camp we may introduce a few new concepts or ideas on the field, but on the field and off, we remain focused on the fundamentals of success. Whether stance, blocking angles, strike targets, simple situational decision making, we believe brilliance in the basics sets the foundations for future success. Concurrently, we also move forward in our “Leader in Every Locker” program reinforcing the leadership traits essential to building the character we’ll rely on this fall as well as for the rest of our lives. Week 2 focuses on the trait, “Judgement.” 

Judgement is the ability to weigh facts and circumstances, develop and consider alternatives and potential outcomes in order to make sound decisions.  Sound judgement enables a leader to make appropriate decisions in accordance with the intended outcomes and consistent with the character and values of the individual and the team.  A leader who makes good decisions weighs options and makes his or her best choice to achieve the desired outcome.  

For example, a teammate sees a fellow team member in need of assistance.  He or she assesses the situation, considers alternatives, and offers a way to help.  This could be as simple as recognizing the need for a spot while lifting in the weight room or more complex issues like realizing a teammate is struggling to contend with family issues, anxiety, or depression.  Good judgement could also be exercised in avoiding bad situations, or in choosing “the right thing,” even when it may not be “the easy thing.”

Judgement and decision making as elements of character sound simple in theory but can be quite complex in practice. We work hard to help create opportunities to exercise good judgement, make good decisions, and when appropriate to learn from choices we might change if given the opportunity. It’s the sum of a myriad opportunities that builds the reservoir we draw from when making a good judgement, and good leaders consistently make good judgements.

Coach Rich Alercio is available to discuss coaching philosophy, X’s & O’s, or teach his O-Line “techniques in the trenches.” Contact Coach at richalercio@gmail.com and share http://www.olineskills.com with your colleagues and friends. Thanks for supporting this blog and joining our conversations, and as always, thanks for your time! 

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