When I think of leadership the qualities that all good leaders have are integrity, resilience, good communication skills, and accountability. When you are a leader you strive to be the best version of yourself and help others. Leaders are resilient and never give up and will spend hours to get better and strive to help others on their team. Leaders also need to hold themselves accountable and have good integrity. Some people will take the easy way out and avoid big challenges but leaders will welcome a challenge and work harder to overcome it.
Leadership is not about being the best or most talented person on a team. A leader is someone who encourages their teammates, communicates, and sets a good example for others to follow. A good leader wants to see others succeed and will push you to be the best person that you can be. Another good quality of a leader is being able to push through adversity. An example right now is Covid-19. This is a time of uncertainty, so as leaders we need be there for one another to get through this.
As a leader, in golf whenever I have a bad shot I’ve learned to not think about it and tell myself “next shot”. Keeping a positive attitude is one of the key things in golf. If you do have a bad shot you don’t want to react poorly and you want to set an example for others and mentally stay in the game. It shows your teammates not to let one bad shot affect your whole round. I always want to encourage my other teammates to not worry about it and move forward. Golf is a game you never know how it’s going to go and no day will ever be the same as the previous day.
Being a good leader is not always connected to sports. Good leaders are people during the school day that may see that you are having a bad day and cheer you up. They care about you and want you to be happy. Leaders can have a great influence on their peers by knowing that they are there for them and have their back. It isn’t just about being a great leader it’s also about being a great teammate and always being there for your team no matter what.