The Power of Leadership

Caylee - Springdale, Arkansas
Entered on October 7, 2008
Age Group: Under 18
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“Do not follow where the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.” Leadership; this I believe.

My name is Caylee. I have two wonderful parents and a brother, all of which mean a lot to me. I play basketball for my Jr. High team and for a hard-core traveling team called the Mavericks. It’s really crazy because basketball is a good part of my life, what I do, one of my talents given to me by the almighty Lord.

Anyways my 7th grade year I got to play up for my Jr. High’s 8th grade team and I loved it. I was high point almost every game averaging 10 to 18 points a game. I played point along with my best friend Stephanie. I didn’t realize it at the time but I was the leader, I called the plays, helped advise my teammates where to be to be at all times, and ran the tempo of the game. It wasn’t a bit easy either knowing about 15 older girls were looking up to me to help them understand what was going on no matter what part of the game it was. Being a leader and being able to communicate to the team as a leader made us all very close. The trusted me to lead them as I trusted them to follow my lead even in the toughest times. This made our team of 15 girls work as one. I believe in the power of leadership.

As I earlier stated I also played basketball for the Arkansas Mavericks. The competition level of this team is much greater than any team I have ever played for. I also played up on this team. It was completely different for me on this team. I had a complete different role. I went from being the Leader to the listener/follower. Like I said they were all older than me with a whole year more experience and a few of them were a lot better than me. Playing under them helped me in many ways. They taught me through their leadership how to be a leader myself and helped me dramatically improve my game and my maturity level as a player. They also helped on the court to let me know everything that was going on and where I needed to be at certain points. I believe in the power of leadership.

Leadership is not just involved on the court. My parents are my leaders in life. They teach me and lead me to accomplishing my goals and living my life to its fullest. I look up to them more than they could ever imagine. When I was younger, even though I didn’t realize it until now I watched them, learned from them, followed there lead. I believe in the power of leadership.

“Do not follow where the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.” Leadership; this I believe