Five years ago I was inspired by Mike Neighbors, an assistant coach at Xavier University, to begin a newsletter on leadership entitled THE ENCOURAGING LEADER. Neighbors was doing a newsletter for basketball coaches and I really enjoyed it.
My entire life as a coach, I studied leadership and felt that I could add value to others with the insights that I had learned. It started as a monthly newsletter but has since become a quarterly publication. We have had some great leaders that have contributed over the years and I am so grateful for their generosity and willingness to write articles.
For three years, I worked on the newsletter consistently but then in May of 2014 I took a new job. I left a good college coaching job to become the athletic director at a traditional high school powerhouse in Indiana. It was a very grueling job and I put the newsletter on hold. I kept coming up with reasons why I couldn’t publish another issue. The main one was “I am too busy”. However, what is in the middle of all excuses? “U”. It wasn’t the job that kept me from publishing more issues, it was me. I was constantly makingchoices to push it further down my priority list.
It takes time to put a newsletter together but every time that I put one together, it made me sharp and helped me learn more about leadership from many different perspectives. Essentially by choosing to not publish the newsletter, I was taking away an opportunity for me to learn. Just like Coach Neighbors’ newsletter, which keeps him sharp, at the same time helping others. He is now the head coach at the University of Washington and they advanced to the NCAA Final Four this season. He is a head coach in the Pac-12 and yet still religiously puts out his newsletter. How inspiring is that? That is one of the reasons that I decided to start being an encouraging leader again through the newsletter. Click here to read the latest edition of The Encouraging Leader.
Jamy Bechler is a former college basketball coach and championship high school athletic director. He is now a John Maxwell Certified Leadership Speaker and Coach. Contact him at CoachBechler@CoachBechler.com to find out how you or your team can be more successful.