Elizabeth Fry, Performance Leadership Intern
I have been swimming for as long as I can remember. I swam on a summer league team early on, participated in stroke clinics, and later transitioned to a club team and am still swimming today. While I have seen many different styles of coaching and have met many different athletes, all with unique strengths of their own, I have always had a difficult time defining myself as a leader. In all my years of swimming, I have never considered myself to be in a position of leadership or even respected as a leader because of my naturally introverted personality.
This year, however, everything changed when my coach approached me with an idea he had regarding leadership on our team. He wanted to create a peer leadership council where other members of the team could approach their teammates if they were dealing with a conflict or if they needed advice. I knew where this conversation was going because soon enough, he asked me the inevitable question I was dreading: “Would you like to be a member of the leadership council?”