How to Become a Leader on the Football Field

By Geoffrey Weed

Football is widely considered, by those who have played it previously, as far more than a simple sporting activity. It is, as well, a process by which boys are molded into young men. One of the most interesting facets of that process is the way by which some players step up and become leaders on the football field. Do you want to become one of those leaders? If so, here's how to go about it:

How to Become a Leader on the Football Field

Teach by example. Before you start giving speeches to the team, advising anyone else on how to train, or otherwise assuming any leadership roles, first try to lead the team by example. Make sure that every moment that you train, practice, and play is a moment that you'd be proud to have your teammates emulate.

Build camaraderie with your teammates. If you want to lead your football team then you first need to befriend its players.

Put in the extra effort that's necessary. In order to truly be a qualified candidate to lead your football team you must first demonstrate to your coaches and teammates that you love the game. Do so by watching film, lifting weights, running, and constantly being on the lookout for extra time you can put into your football game.

Help your teammates. Watch during practice and see who needs help, then offer it to them after practice.

Act the part. No one is going to believe in you as a leader if you don't first believe in yourself. If you're confident and go about things acting like a leader, your teammates will respond well on the football field.

About the Author

A legal clerk and law school student at The Thomas M. Cooley School of Law who lives in southeastern Michigan and holds a bachelor's degree in English from Western Michigan University. Geoffrey has over a decade of experience working as a freelance writer and has completed hundreds of articles during that time.

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