Portland, Maine (PRWEB) April 24, 2013
The Navy SEAL mantra, “The only easy day was yesterday”, reflects the realization that none of us goes through life without challenges and that we must work hard to muster the discipline necessary to establish positive habits as the foundation to achieve success. Embracing these values, the University of Maine Women’s soccer team, in conjunction with the Maine Leadership Institute (MLI) and the Center for Cognitive Sports Performance (CogSports), experienced this lesson firsthand and completed MLI and CogSports’ comprehensive leadership training program.
This ground breaking program uses MLI and CogSports’ proprietary diagnostic tools to identify, measure, and assess the “intangibles” within athletes and teams, including, hardiness, resiliency, leadership and mental toughness. The Maine women were first evaluated using the Leadership Enhancement Training Tool (LETT) ®, a revolutionary emotional intelligence and psychological profiling test. The LETT® was developed, validated and refined by leading university and psychology professionals and has been tested by the Navy Seals and Naval War College to identify and develop leaders and leadership skills within the framework of the “Stockdale” Leadership Model, named after the late Admiral James B. Stockdale. The LETT has since been utilized in a variety of athletic settings to identify and develop individual and team intangibles, but the U Maine session marked its first application within Women’s Soccer.
So what does Navy SEALs training have to do with women’s soccer? Just ask Head Coach Scott Atherly:
"The workshop proved to be an invaluable experience. The lessons learned, and messages extracted from the weekend will not only favorably impact team dynamics, but elevate the performance level of our program. I was particularly impressed with the enthusiasm of the MLI and CogSports staff, and their ability to shape the exercises to fit the needs and dynamics of the group. Moving forward, our intent is to incorporate many of the values and lessons learned into our daily training regimen".
Steeped in the Stockdale Leadership model of Selfless Leadership, the two-day program includes a number of mental toughness, team building, active listening, and non-verbal communication exercises relevant to soccer and reflective of the attributes evaluated by the LETT. At the end of day two, the players were treated to a riveting account of the life experiences of a “real” Navy SEAL by MLI staff member and retired SEAL, Hans Ruediger. Ruediger brought full circle the connection between the SEALs cognitive and team building exercises and the overall development of the soccer team as players and team leaders.
About CogSports: The Center for Cognitive Sports Performance (CogSports) develops cutting edge proprietary instruments used to identify, measure, and assess the “intangibles” within athletes and teams, including emotional intelligence, hardiness, resiliency, leadership and mental toughness. Using this toolset as the foundation, the CogSports team provides training, support, and on-going consultation to youth, amateur, college and professional sports teams and athletes to help them address and improve performance, emotional control, confidence, self-awareness and focus.
About the LETT: The Leadership Evaluation Training Tool (LETT®) is a cutting edge profiling system created to measure emotional/social strengths and the mental/physical toughness necessary to excel in leadership positions. At its inception, the LETT® was designed by behavioral health practitioners, validated by members of the psychology department at Princeton University and tested by the US Naval War College and US Navy Seals.
Contact: Jordan Denning, 207-239-5351, jdenning(at)cogsports(dot)com