Tag Archives: Athletic Leadership

Christian vs. Gay: What Kind of Heroic Leaders are We Looking For?

Great athletes are the center of our cultural attention — and that makes them sports heroes. Here are some interesting takes on Jason Collins and heroism after he came out as gay last week. This cartoonist thinks it’s inappropriate to reward him, when others’ courage has not been rewarded the same way…. But in a […]

Jason Collins: the Risks and Benefits of Authenticity and Coming Out

In the May 6 issue of Sports Illustrated, NBA center Jason Collins wrote: “I’m a 34-year old NBA center. I’m black. And I’m gay….I wish I wasn’t the kid in the classroom raising his hand and saying, “I’m different.” If I had my way, someone else would have already done this. Nobody has, so I’m […]

Update: Gabby Douglas, MacDonalds and Fast Food Leadership

According to Advertising Age, Gabrielle (Gabby) Douglas will be replacing Ronald McDonald for a bit, promoting the new egg white “delight” at restaurants and events. It all started, apparently, when the 16 year old said she “splurged” on egg mcmuffins to celebrate her Olympic win. It’s a clear effort for MacDonalds to boost its market […]

Good Advice for Leaders: Write Your Own Script!

In her Washington Post column on Wednesday, Sally Jenkins attributes Gabby Douglasʻ bad fall on the balancing beam to demoralization. The attacks on her hair, and the “racial narrative, the rags-to-riches narrative” imposed on her combined to reduce her “from gleaming to grim.” Itʻs a powerful argument, that a small story imposed on someone in […]

Michael Phelps: Shining Gold Because of His Team

When Michael Phelps won his 19th medal this week, he described his meeting with the relay team: “I thanked those guys for helping me get to this moment,” Phelps said. “I told those guys I wanted a big lead. I was like, ‘You better give me a big lead going into the last lap,’ and […]

The Leading Edge on Title IX

Here are some places to go to find out about leaders and legislation battles for Title IX: A great interview from CBS Seattle with the Seattle Storm’s owner, Ginny Gilder, about her leadership of her team and a fascinating protest of women athletes at Yale in 1976. An interesting summary of legal history of Title […]