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Student-Athletes Participate in Leadership Academy Retreat

Sept. 27, 2010

Student-Athlete Blogger on Leadership Academy

EASTON, Pa. - Lafayette student-athletes representing all 23 varsity sports were invited to Marquis Hall on Thursday evening for the Leadership Academy Retreat. The Leopards attended two separate leadership seminars by Greg Shelley, Ph.D. of the Jeff Janssen Peak Performance Institute.

The seminars, which divided the student-athletes into an "emerging leaders" section of underclassmen and a "veteran leaders" group comprised of current team captains and other seniors, are designed to "develop dynamic, responsible, and effective leaders both in sport and in life."

The student-athletes invited to attend were identified by their coaches as having demonstrated leadership qualities.

The key points of seminars included leading by example, being an effective vocal leader, minimizing and managing conflict, and refocusing distracted and discouraged teammates.

"Leadership is not being a senior or junior, or how many minutes you play or if you earn All-America status," said Dr. Shelley, who boasts nearly 20 years of experience working with high-level coaches and student-athletes. "Leadership has more to do with how you influence people... Leadership is about asking `what can you do for your team?'."

The retreat was a part of Lafayette's Leadership Academy initiative, which was instituted in an effort to develop strong leaders within the student-athlete community in the realm of athletics and beyond.

"Lafayette is committed to developing the leaders of tomorrow, and we want to make sure that our student-athletes have the best leadership training available," said Director of Athletics Bruce McCutcheon. "Certainly much is learned in the classroom and on the playing fields, but a substantive and systematic leadership development program ensures that our student-athletes have the proper training necessary to lead now and in the future."