LEAD is Deerfield’s leadership program for student-athletes. We provide two opportunities for leadership training – The Captain’s Council, a required experience for team captains, and the Student-Athlete Leadership Course, an optional opportunity open to all students.
Student-athletes are leaders on their teams, in their classrooms, and among the community. LEAD encourages student-athletes to reflect on their roles as campus leaders and hold themselves accountable to higher standards. We incorporate Deerfield’s core values (link to: https://deerfield.edu/about/) into our leadership programming, with special attention to three specific values:
The Captain’s Council program provides leadership training for fall, winter, and spring team captains. We meet as a group during the preseason to create a sense of community and shared experience in advance of the upcoming season. Captains meet over the course of three days to examine their individual leadership styles, develop core values, and establish individual and team goals for the season. Our sessions are discussion-based, focusing on self-reflection and creating dialog to support holistic development.
Student-athletes have opportunities to connect as a captain unit and also with captains from other teams. This format provides an opportunity to learn from other athletes and encourages strategy and information-sharing across sports.
Goals of the Captain’s Council Program