During the course of our 10 week program and into the summer I evaluated our candidates for captain. We used the leadership ladder as our tool. I would place them at the appropriate level based on their actions within our program and with the feedback I would get from the other activities they were involved in.
This was always a starting point for a solid conversation with each candidate on their growth as a leader and on the state of our team. There is so much to learn as a coach when you sit down and have honest conversations with your players.
Here is an example evaluation. My comments are in italics.
Evaluation of xxxxxxxx
Leadership Ladder(Level you are evaluated at in bold):
High Investment in Others-You have made a personal investment in another person’s life. That person would say that you have had an influential presence in his life.
Self Sacrifice-You are 100% committed to the team. You go beyond surface level acquaintance with your teammates and make sacrifices for the good of the team. I believe you have invested yourself in the team and your teammates. I believe you make sacrifices for the good of the team.
Unselfish- You are producing results. You are more action than talk and are committed to the off-season. People are following your example. However, you are doing things mostly because it benefits you as an individual
Selfish-A bond has been established with your teammates. Specific people are following you, but you have not invested in the team. Your actions are not consistent.
Seniority-This is the least influential position of leadership. You are considered a leader only because you have seniority.
You have come a long way from being the kid who was ready to quit if the pressure was put on him, or if he did not like what he heard. You have really moved from being a selfish type of leader to someone who is working for the team. I am proud of who you are becoming. I hope the off field problems are past you and you can lead a good clean life. You have a lot to offer as a person and can certainly have a life in the future that people can be proud of. I would put you in the top tier of our leaders right now, but of course it comes down to the vote. Regardless, you have a responsibility to lead this team whether you have the title or not. Remember this quote:
Nobles. Now tell me, what does that mean to be noble? Your title gives you claim to the throne of our country, but men don’t follow titles, they follow courage. Now our people know you. Noble, and common, they respect you. And if you would just lead them to freedom, they’d follow you. And so would I.
–William Wallace in Braveheart
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