How can you gain the respect of teammates without being bossy?
Many girls that I talk to are unsure how to gain respect as a leader on their team. Girls crave the approval of their teammates. Many are afraid to step into power and afraid to put themselves out there for the better of the team.
In society, women who are strong-willed are often thought of as bossy. It has this negative connotation and it doesn't have to be that way.
I have some tips that will help your teammates respect you as a leader, a person, and a soccer player.
#1: Lead by example
Actions speak louder than words. Be the hardest working player on the team and be consistent in what you do and how you do it.
#2: Be willing to listen
What makes a great leader? I ask this question and the first thing I hear is "communication." Communication is a two-way street. You have to be willing to listen to your teammates. Lean in and help your teammates with an open mind.
#3: Get to know your teammates on...