Muhlenberg Athletes Attend Leadercast Conference

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Last month, a group of Muhlenberg athletes attended Leadercast 2014, a one-day leadership event broadcast live from Atlanta to hundreds of locations around the world. Emily Boyle, a rising sophomore on the Mule field hockey team, gave the following report:

“The value of a life is always measured by how much of it was given away.” Andy Stanley, a leadership expert, author and pastor, was the first of nine speakers who spoke at the Leadercast conference to hundreds of thousands of people stationed throughout the world.

Mules at Leadercast The leaders, ranging from former First Lady of the United States Laura Bush to Nobel Laureate and human rights activist Archbishop Desmond Tutu, all had wonderful messages focused on the “Beyond You” theme, which encouraged leadership that reached further than a single person.

The day was full of advice and stories centered around optimism and selflessness. Each speaker had a unique idea of what a “Beyond You” leader meant to them, but they all had one commonality: a leader is someone who puts others before themselves whether it be a teammate, a coworker or an employee.

One of my favorite speakers of the day was Malcolm Gladwell, a writer at The New Yorker magazine and author. He discussed the importance of how someone handles leadership. He said, “To be an effective leader, it matters not just what you say, but how you say it.” I think this quote exemplifies the significance of how leaders present themselves. How you choose to exercise your leadership is crucial to your team’s success. Fairness, respect and trustworthiness are all qualities that that must be shown in a leader in order for that individual to become a role model for others.

Another one of my favorite speakers was Archbishop Desmond Tutu, who said, “A person is a person through other persons.” He emphasized that everyone needs help from other people because we are made for each other. Dependency upon our coworkers or teammates is not only important, but crucial because we learn from one another. By going beyond yourself, you will be a more helpful and influential leader.

All the Muhlenberg attendees enjoyed our Leadercast experience. It was full of powerful advice and support from leaders with different backgrounds. All of the tools and skills that we learned while at Leadercast will definitely help us to share a more “Beyond You” attitude not only with our teammates, but with our community as well.

Muhlenberg athletes in attendance, in addition to Boyle, were Casey Armstrong, Amanda Orlak and Stephanie Umbach (women’s lacrosse), Ryan Delaney (football), Jack Dusing (men’s soccer), Lauren Jordan and Rachel Strow (field hockey), Nicole Karsch, Anna Martens and Taylor Pini (women’s soccer), Katy Mitton and Leanna Tallamy (women’s basketball) and Erin Murphy and Vanessa Pulice (volleyball).

For more information on Leadercast, click here.