Class helps students develop leadership skills

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Last fall, new Faribault High School athletic director Keith Badger met with the coaching staff at FHS and began discussing the idea of hosting a series of classes for students that would teach them about leadership and, ultimately, how to become better leaders.

The first of eight weekly sessions was held before school March 28 and the interest shown by FHS students surpassed expectations. About 60 students crammed into the AVID classroom for an hour of discussions, group activities, and presentations and stories from coaches. Going forward, the class will be held in the high school media center to accommodate the high turnout.

“The turnout was overwhelming. It was awesome,” said John Frank, a physical education teacher and head coach of the JV football team. “There were a lot of great discussions from the ninth-graders on up to the seniors. The kids were all really locked in.”

Frank is one of eight coaches who volunteered to lead the classes. Each week different coaches lead discussions on that day’s theme – in the first class Frank talked about the importance of showing character – and image. The image of the first week was the iceberg, with the 10 percent showing above the water representing skill and the 90 percent below the water representing character. Several coached told personal stories about times they had to make decisions that revealed their character.

“Everyone provides a different voice and outlook on leadership. By teaching together, we’re building that common culture and common language throughout every program where we’re talking about the same types of leadership and what we expect from our athletes,” Frank said. “Hopefully this helps build our culture and grow our programs.”

Later in the class, students formed groups and rated themselves 1-10 on the four pillars of leadership: self-discipline, emotional security, core values and ethics, and sense of identity. They then discussed those ratings and what their responsibilities are as high school athletes.

“Their answers were really impressive,” Frank said. “They talked about being role models for the youth that are coming up through our programs, representing our school in a positive way, and playing for the name on the front of the jersey, not on the back. It was so cool to hear the kids come up with those answers on their own.”

Students ended the class by committing to doing something for the next week that would make them a better athlete.  

The class on April 4 will revolve around helping students identify and use their strengths to show leadership. Future classes will discuss culture, values, honesty, decision-making, discipline, commitment and responsibility.

All students are welcome to join the leadership classes. They will be held every Thursday from 7-8 a.m. through May 16.

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