The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) is a nonprofit organization that regulates student-athletes throughout North America. Their main goal is to create opportunities and help students meet challenges. Students look to this society for coaching, guidance, and recruitment help. The NCAA is made up of professionals who realize what it takes to become an outstanding athlete as well as an academic achiever. They realize it takes almost superhuman discipline and dedication, in addition to having outstanding character. Student-athletes are what future leaders are made of. They are looked up to and admired by many, and for good reason. While they are exceptional, they don’t go through their journey alone.

There are certain fundamental life lessons that are taught by NCAA coaches. They work tirelessly with students, both on and off the field, to guide them through every step of their athletic and academic careers. One principle they teach is that the building blocks of a great leader begin with open and honest trust and communication. This is true for any relationship, be it professional or personal. This rule applies to peers as well as superiors. The more face-to-face honest communication you display, the more you establish trust with a person.

The next lesson is not to shy away from criticism. Most people don’t like being critiqued, but it can be seen as a positive thing. People are always a work in progress, meaning there is always room for improvement. As a leader, don’t ever let a fear of being unliked stop you from making a decision that you feel is right. Just accept the fact that you aren’t going to please everyone. In addition, out in the real world you might be evaluated at your job or occasionally have disagreements with friends and family. It’s important to keep an open mind and let people know that you are someone who can handle constructive criticism. 

It is often said that the difference between a manager and a leader is that a true leader empowers others to achieve greatness. Being an inspiration to people means letting the spotlight of success shine on them as well, without jealousy or competitiveness. A team that is led by team members will be much more successful than one that is led solely by its coach.

One of the most endearing traits of a good leader is their ability to remain humble. Modesty and gratefulness for one’s own good fortune is something that is noticed by everyone.