'Roos Take Part In Jeff Janssen Leadership Program
UMKC Athletics 9-18-2014
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(Kansas City, Mo.) – This past week select UMKC student-athletes and the athletic staff took part in a leadership retreat presented by the Jeff Janssen Leadership Center, whose mission is to develop student-athletes and coaches into world-class leaders who are committed to a lifetime of service, success, and significance.

During the retreat, Julie Ammary hosted three separate sessions for the ‘Roos: 1) for emerging leaders to become “Leaders by Example” for freshman and sophomores, 2) for veteran leaders to become effective “Vocal Leaders” and 3) for coaches to develop, select and partner with their team leaders.

“I really enjoyed the program.  It was incredibly informational,” UMKC sophomore track & field student-athlete Mallory Short said of the emerging leaders session. “It made me want to go run right now and get better.”

“Working with and listening to Julie Amary gave me some great insight on what it means to lead a team,” UMKC Women’s Golf Head Coach Brianna Broderick said. “Taking it to a personal level, there are things I have begun thinking about that will allow for personal growth both in my personal and professional life.  The innovative ideas that Jeff Janssen has developed will make a difference in our program, and I am thankful for this wonderful opportunity.  It is a great investment for our entire athletic department.”

As described by the Jeff Jansen Leadership Center: This amazing, intensive leadership retreat provides your leaders with the leadership skills, strategies, and insights they need to help your athletic department succeed on the playing fields, in the classroom, on campus, and in the community. Your student-athlete leaders from all sports will bond and create a strong leadership team as they learn how to tackle the tough issues of being a responsible and respected team leader.

The intensive leadership retreat helps you create strong student-athlete leaders who:

- understand their impact on your athletic department's success on and off the playing fields

- minimize and prevent such problematic issues as underage and binge drinking, hazing, gambling, sexual violence, etc.

- hold themselves and their teammates accountable to represent your school with pride and class

- keep your teams focused despite the inevitable distractions, disappointments, and challenges of a typical school year

- effectively partner with their coaches to create a strong leadership team

- create a positive climate of success that permeates your entire athletic department

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