I designed the 3 Levels Of Leadership to be a road map for basketball players who want a logical progression for becoming their best.
Just like a video game, you must pass Level 1 before you can be a Level 2 Leader. And the only way to be a Level 3 Leader is to master the qualities of the other 2 levels.
Creating SYNERGY with teammates is the first level of leadership, and also the most important.
It’s impossible to be a leader without the respect of your peers. People don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care.
Level 1 leaders influence their team by creating energy at practice, in the locker room and on the bench.
Qualities of a Level 1 Leader include Gratitude, Enthusiasm and Loyalty.
Click here to learn more about Level 1 of the Leadership Commitment
Once you’ve created a relationship with your teammates, you’ve earned the right to be a Level 2 Leader, which is your ability to SWEAT. This means you work hard and lead by example.
Leaders not only work hard, they also prepare to work hard by setting goals and making commitments. Here’s an article on setting goals:
Click here to learn how to create a Goal Map
Qualities of a Level 2 Leader include Grit, Self Control and Growth Mindset.
Click here to learn more about Level 2 of the Leadership Commitment
I used to think Level 2 was the highest form of leadership, but the problem with leading by example is that it only works if people are watching.
What I’ve found is that the players who need the most help are usually not looking for it. That’s why we need the Level 3 Leader.
Level 3 Leaders SERVE their teammates by telling them what they need to hear with love.
They hold players accountable and take ownership of their program.
Qualities of a Level 3 Leader include Vision, Accountability and Ownership.
Remember, you can’t be a Level 3 Leader if you haven’t mastered Level 1 & 2. There’s nothing more harmful than a lazy player calling out another teammate for not working hard.
The best Level 3 Leader I’ve ever seen is Hall of Famer, John Stockton. Here’s an article I wrote about him:
Click here to learn the 6 Ways John Stockton Assists His Teammates
Click here to learn more about Level 3 of the Leadership Commitment