Integrity is the foundation you build your life and coaching on. If the foundation is bad, so will the coaching and your pursuits in life. Integrity pays attention to the details nobody sees, that’s why it’s said it’s who you are when no one is looking. Character is what others are going to see.
Integrity is the nails, screws, bolts, cement, wood, and glue that hold the house together. Without the nails, screws, bolts, cement, wood, and glue, you don’t have a house to show others. When others see our character they also see our integrity (foundation) that we’ve worked on in the late night hours, getting ready to display to the world.
A structure with a strong foundation can be trusted. So, a person with integrity can be, too! If the foundation is weak, has flaws, cracks, it runs the risk of being broken under pressure, or when the storms of life come crashing down upon it. When the foundation has been compromised, you can put a temporary fix on it, repair it for a time. Ultimately, the best way to fix a faulty foundation is to break it down and start over, applying lessons learned that will make your foundation stronger as you begin rebuilding.
HONESTY is a huge ingredient in laying a solid foundation for integrity. It says you can be trusted to follow through, be on time, finish what you started, do what you said you would do, keep your word, admit mistakes or wrong-doing. It says you can count on me. Honesty allows you to rest assured and know that I’ve got your back.
HUMILITY – It’s not built on ego and pride, it’s built on unbreakable morals and values that stand strong under every pressure and circumstance that comes its way. It doesn’t mean you’ve arrived and others should marvel at you. Rather, it means you are doing what’s required behind closed doors to shine when brought out in the open. It’s living and learning how to better self which provides a model for others to adopt. Humility isn’t thinking less of yourself, it’s thinking of yourself less. Think of yourself when you are behind closed doors while working on bettering your foundation so you can think of others more when you are out in the open.
Why focus so heavily on integrity? It develops trust. When you develop trust, you earn respect with others and draw people to you rather than repel them away from you. People are not left with the thought, “Can I trust this person?” They know they can!
As a coach are you being honest with your players and colleagues? Are you showing humility on the field or court? Remember the eyes are watching at all time. What are they seeing?
Boyd Hamlin is the Director of Program Development for VOLTA Sports and Leadership Development Group. VOLTA offers a unique three-pronged approach to, coaching, playing and sports leadership beyond the Xs and Os. VOLTA provides interactive workshops, peer mentoring, executive coaching and an eLearning platform. Boyd brings over 25 years in Student Ministry encouraging, equipping, empowering students and leaders to excel beyond their known potential, to reach and exceed their personal goals, and to lead and serve others. For more information, click here: VOLTA