Program Overview


Athletic Leadership in the 21st Century is delivered at colleges, universities, and professional sports organizations. This workshop is designed to explore the topic of Leadership.  Through an examination of our leadership style and a discussion of various types of Leadership (Transactional, Transformational, Servant), participants are engaged throughout the workshop in identifying how they currently lead and how they may be more effective.  At the very core of the workshop is an examination of the relationships that we develop with those that we coach and lead.  We explore how those relationships lead to the achievement of individual and team goals, as well as whether or not we are creating a positive and inclusive environment.

Athletic Leadership in the 21st Century is a two-hour block workshop. The interactive nature of the workshop demands participation and full engagement. Participants are engaged through individual and group activities, small group discussions, and larger group discussions as well.  Various mediums are used including paper and pencil activities, a power point slide show, flip charts, scenarios, and videos. All of our workshops are delivered by former professional and/or collegiate athletes. This creates an immediate connection and credibility with the audiences we serve.

Athletic Leadership in the 21st Century forces participants to examine how they are connecting, coaching, and transforming those they interact with on a daily basis. Time spent in this workshop helps to ensure that influence is being maximized in a positive manner.

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About The Program

Leadership is one of the most over-used and under-defined terms in the athletic world. Created in 2013, Athletic Leadership in the 21st (AL 21) offers a series of leadership styles and topics for participants to learn in an applied focus.  These workshops are not theoretical explorations as much as they use leadership theory to help participants inform their coaching and leading, and help clarify the meaning of leadership and its many styles.

AL 21 provides cutting-edge leadership education and training for the dual purpose of 1) creating a competitive advantage for coaches and staff and 2) developing self-aware, smart and effective leaders to maximize sustained excellence.  AL 21 workshops are highly interactive and engage participants in large discussion, small group brainstorms, and individual reflection.


In the various AL 21 workshops participants will explore their personal understanding of leadership, consider their leadership style, and hear about these topics from their peers.  Leadership and personal reflection topics covered in AL 21 workshops include: Transformational vs. Transactional Leadership; Servant Leadership; Ethical Leadership & Values-Based Leadership; Emotional Intelligence; and Leading the Millennial Generation. AL 21 can also be combined with other NCAS workshop topics such as Diversity & Inclusion; Sexual Harassment; Workplace Culture; Domestic & Sexual Violence & Abuse; and Protecting Your Brand.

Program Goals

  • Empower participants to better understand their personal leadership style, how that style impacts others, and motivations for their work
  • Learn basic concepts and theories of leadership, and how to apply them to work
  • Gain enhanced skills in communicating with colleagues and student-athletes

Training Options

  • 2-4 Hour Trainings
  • Large Group Presentations

Workshop Descriptions

Transformational vs. Transactional Leadership
  • This interactive workshop empowers coaches, staff and leadership to explore their purpose for coaching and provides positive challenges for participants to be the best that they can be.
  • Participants will share their personal leadership philosophy and consider why they lead the way they do, and what their development goals are for their athletes and staff.
  • Joe Ehrmann’s Inside Out coaching philosophy grounds this workshop with participants learning about transformational and transactional leadership styles.
Servant Leadership
  • Utilizing Dr. Robert Greenleaf’s groundbreaking work regarding Servant Leadership, this workshop challenges participants to consider their purpose for coaching and how their style impacts their followers.
  • Participants will learn the philosophy behind Servant Leadership and discuss the 10 Principles of Servant Leadership.
  • Participants will strategize with their peers how to apply the Servant Leadership concepts to their coaching and work with fellow coaches.
Emotionally Intelligent Leadership (EIL)
  • Utilizing Daniel Goleman’s work on Emotional Intelligence to ground this workshop.
  • Participants will learn the three core facets of EIL: Consciousness of Self, Context, and Others as this relates to their ability to be an effective leader.
  • Participants will learn about the EIL concepts of Social and Personal Competence, complete a personal assessment of their competence, consider their most significant stressors and challenging situations, and then discuss this with their peers.
  • Participants will discuss scenarios that call for exercising skill in EIL and commit to Social and Personal Competence.
Ethical & Values-Based Leadership (EVBL)
  • Steven Covey’s pioneering work grounds this workshop and serves as a leaping off point to engage in the practical application of these concepts.
  • Participants will discuss challenges in consistently living and practicing these ideals, and share lessons learned from their most difficult decision-making situation.
  • Ethical & Values-Based Leadership will be defined in multiple ways:  the participants will share their perspective and the facilitators will share Covey’s perspective and prominent theories about these topics.
  • Participants will consider their role models for EVBL and share with their peers.  Participants will generate a list of ten habits they will commit to in order to be more deliberate Values-Based Leader.
Leading the Millennial Generation
  • Participants will learn the generational assignments and the general characteristics associated with the last 3 generations.
  • Participants will analyze the differences between their generation and the Millennial Generation and develop strategies for effective communication based on this information.
  • Participants will reflect upon successful and unsuccessful motivational techniques with Millennials, and then discuss how to apply information learned today to increase successful interactions.

Trainings & Presentations Locations

  • University of Central Florida
  • Siemens
  • University of Bridgeport
  • Bloomsburg University
  • East Stroudsburg University
  • LaSalle University

More Information?

For more information or to schedule a training session, contact our offices at 407-823-4770 and ask to speak to Jeff O’Brien.