Throughout the course of their athletic careers, most young athletes will play many different roles. At some point, whether an athlete is team captain of the soccer team or section leader of the cheer squad, the team will rely on the athlete to take a leadership position. Being a leader provides an athlete with an opportunity to interact with a broad spectrum of personality types. Leadership teaches the athlete to be fair, to listen, and to make judgment calls. These are all skills that are needed later in life. Leadership means doing the right thing when no one is watching, even if it’s not popular.