Leaders come in all shapes and sizes. You don't have to have all the attention to be a leader. I learned that from my dad.
He was a lot like some of the leaders I played with in the major leagues. Guys like Alvin Davis (Mariners), Andre Thornton (Indians) and Harold Baines (White Sox) were all men who led by example in a quiet, compassionate manner. Respected people do not need to talk with their voice. They lead by the way they conduct themselves. Just being who they are and not trying to be someone different commands respect from people.
They were men of few words but, when they spoke, everyone took note and respected what was said. They never “big leagued” it, a term used when people pretend to be someone bigger than they are.
My dad did his best talking with his smile. I can never remember a day in my life when he did not greet me with a smile that said, “I love you just the way you are.” What can be better for an athlete than that?
For more great tips check out Jack's books "Creating a Season to Remember" and "Raising an Athlete"