On March 17, 2016, over 150 Waukesha West student-athletes attended the 4th annual West Athletics Leadership Conference at RiverGlen Church. Students worked through team building exercises, participated in seminars regarding relevant leadership topics, created action plans for their programs, and joined together for the "Pass the Torch" ceremony to close the day. We are excited to see our culture of leadership move from a one day event into a way of life at West High School through empowering student-athlete leadership!
On September 17, 2015, 50 Waukesha West student-athlete leaders traveled to Phantom Lake YMCA Camp to "dive in" to leadership training. Throughout the day, students discussed topics including "What is a Leader?", "The "Waukesha West Challenge", and the concept of legacy building at West HS. Every program created action steps to bring back to coaches and athletes so that the Tradition of Leadership at Waukesha West can be launched forward this school year!
Waukesha West Athletics hosted over 125 student-athletes on March 17, 2015 for the 3rd Annual Waukesha West Student-Athlete Leadership Conference. Students were invited with the mindset that they "have been chosen" by their coaches and peers to lead their programs. Students embarked on the process of discussing a code of excellence, examining growth areas within their own teams, and finally considering student-led leadership structures that they could propose to their coaches. A group of twelve seniors who embody the essence of a student leadership took charge for the day, demonstrating the power of student to student influence. Plans are already in place to help the ideas generated at the conference come to life in our programs. Great work, LEADERS!
In May 2014, selected male and female athletes took part in separate conferences at Waukesha West HS. During our times together, we discussed the idea of Student-Athletes "Built for Others". In order to have this approach individually, it is important for our students to understand the "Wolverine Privilege", and the honor of participation in West Athletics. Our Wolverine Privilege is based upon caring relationships, others-centered motivations, and disciplined intensity. We believe that a focus on these principles will not only develop togetherness and values that lead to competitive success, but also equip our students with life skills that will shape their next steps after graduation.
In May of 2013, over 100 student-athletes and coaches traveled to Phantom Lake YMCA camp for a day of leadership training and development. Our guest speakers, Troy Maragos, Luke Swan, and Bryan Roe, took advantage of the opportunity to teach, equip, and challenge our students to take the next step as leaders. This day was designed to be a launching pad for future leadership development at West High School, so we look forward to what this year will hold for our student-athletes!
Good is the enemy of GREAT. - Jim Collins
Spend time improving your character rather than your reputation. - Bryan Roe
Be the kind of teammate your teammates need you to be. - Alan Williams
Nothing Just Happens. - Chris Maragos
Be Uncommon. - Luke Swan
Humility is not thinking less of self - it is thinking of self less. -C.S. Lewis
Everyone wins when leaders get better! -Bill Hybels
Vision is the most important weapon in a leader's arsonal. -Billy Hybels
Leaders move people from here to there. -Bill Hybels
Avoid having your ego so close to your position that when your position falls, your ego goes with it. -Colin Powell
Leadership is intentional influence. -Joseph Grenny
If you are not in the arena, fighting the fight with me, then I am not interested in nor open to your feedback. -Dr. Brene Brown
In the end, as a leader, you are always going to get a combination of two things: What you CREATE, and what you ALLOW. -Dr. Henry Cloud