Many ATs have moved on to Administration. Ross Cooper is an Athletic Director and Athletic Trainer for Detroit County Day Schools.
John Ciecko gets to the point to figure out how he got there and how you can follow Ross's path.
Here are a few key points from Ross Cooper
Experienced ATs already perform many of the duties of an Athletic Director
You have to be willing to get out of your comfort zone
Exposure to multiple leaders and leadership styles is beneficial
Self-Reflection is crucial
Relationships with each person are important – never know who is watching
Be a good listener
Ross also mentioned he took the schedules and policies and made them all digital. Using a system like Dragonfly MAX can help an Athletic Trainer reduce paper work, streamline the PPE process and improve communication with coaches, parents, and athletes
Brandy Currie is a John Maxwell Team leader and speaker. Goal setting is one of the keys to maintaining consistent leadership. Passionate about both AT and Leadership Brandy is glad to be able to join us as we grow our profession.
John Ciecko has a whole board of goals he checks off as he accomplishes them.
Some of the goals are daily:
Wake up at 5 am,
exercise for 30 minutes,
eat a healthy breakfast
Some of the goals are weekly, monthly and yearly.
What other books should you read?
Brandy recommends pretty much anything by John C Maxwell but the top of her required reading is: