Our Weekly Message for May 8, 2002

Greetings friends!

I hope that you are having a wonderful week! Congratulations to DTDA for a successful regional convention in Chicago this past weekend. Remember to join and participate in your state and national professional organizations. You can resource many of them from our Links page.

Here are some thoughts for today:
"There is no better exercise for the heart than reaching down and lifting people up." John Andrew Holmes
"Character is formed, not by laws, commands, and decrees, but by quiet influence, unconscious suggestion and personal guidance." Marion L. Burton
"This became a credo of mine....attempt the impossible in order to improve your work." Betty Davis
Leadership is a gift that must be taken with great respect and responsibility. This is why it is important to train and mold great leaders, even for dance/drill team. Leadership is something that must be nurtured. That is why that officer or leadership training is important for bonding and creating great leaders. Make sure that you have planned an officer or leadership camp for your team. Resource some of our dates at our summer camp page. Below are some great quotes and comments for leaders.

I hope that you continue to have a great week, and as always, please keep in touch!

Joyce E. Pennington
President, CEO
American Dance/Drill Team®



Some leaders have trouble passing out bouquets. They pay a compliment as though they expect a receipt. Some go to the other extreme. They pour syrup all over people. 

Some leaders refrain from giving praise for good ideas or a job well done simply because they are jealous. Give a team member praise and the next thing you know, they are jumping over you on the ladder to success---that is how they will feel.

That is self defeating. Recognize good work and you give team members the will to do better work. Do not recognize it and you feed one of the biggest gripes they have--lack of recognition. The best thing to do every time is to give credit where credit is due. You will be a better leader for it and you will win more respect.

There may be times when you will be sorry about something you said; sorry that you stayed too late, or sorry that you won something, or lost; but all your life, you will never be sorry you were kind.

It is nice to be important, but it is more important to be nice. Don't ever be afraid to admit you were wrong. It is like saying you are wiser today than you were yesterday.


+Give of yourself. Don't expect more from others than you can give.
+Don't be power hungry. Help, don't rule.
+Evaluate your leadership at all times.
+Admit your mistakes, but don't be overly apologetic about them. 
+Set a good example. 
+Be a peacemaker.
+Use your time wisely.
+Schedule time to meet all obligations to school, family, social life, friends, and self.
+Don't argue in front of the group.
+Show respect and earn respect.
+Casual behavior is a mistake.
+Strive for creativity in yourself and others.
+Help your team grow to accept defeat and winning gracefully; to take care of and learn from each another.


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