What is the definition of a leader? According to the Merriam Webster dictionary, leadership is defined as:
1: the office or position of a leader
2: capacity to lead
3: the act or an instance of leading.
That sounds about right, but when I think about the definition of leadership and the lessons we can all learn from the PPI-ME Leadership Development Program (LDP), I think of:
1: an individual who does not need a title to lead
2: an individual who uses his or her position to create change.
This past weekend, the LDP held their annual three-day retreat in Kibbutz Sdot Yam. The event was a leadership extravaganza with lots of hands-on training (including designing and leading a Twinning for kids from Tamra and Zichron Yaakov) and a team-building obstacle course. After spending a good amount of time with the LDP, including seeing their hard work at recent retreat, I was able to write down some common leaderships lessons that we call all use in our everyday lives and in our journeys to make the world a better place.
PPI-ME LEADERSHIP LESSONS FOR SUCCESS:
1: Lead with the heart –The LDP kids understand conflict very well and how it affects people, so when they lead, you can see that they put their heart first when they are working with the kids in the communities.
2: Don’t fear change – At the recent retreat, some of the LDP kids who often take the back seat when working as assistant coaches with kids, were put into leadership positions and excelled despite their own fears of training the kids on their own.
3: Sacrifice for others – Coach Khaled sacrifices his time to come to practices with me to serve as a liaison in cases where a coach does not speak English.
4: The power of ‘WE’ – As we all prepared for the Zichron-Tamra Twinning that took place at the retreat, all the LDP kids were helping each other come up with drills to help the kids learn the basketball fundamentals but also have fun.
5: Passion – The LDP kids’ passion for their communities is contagious: you can’t help but join in on all the fun they create for kids.
8: Determination – When the LDP kids were preparing for leading the Twinning at the retreat, they practiced the night before until they knew exactly how their drills were to be performed and what they needed to say to the kids during the twinning.
I hope that when you all look at the pictures you think about how these leaderships lessons can help you fight conflict in all aspects of your life. As the U.S Basketball Trainer here at PPI-ME, every day I learn something knew from our PPI-ME LDP kids. I want to end by saying Coach Eddie is very proud of the PPI-ME LDP program and the changes they are making in my life and their communities. Thank you all for making me SMILE through leadership.