Episode 05: How do you create a championship culture through leading yourself?

Feb 11, 2021

In part one of this two-part episode from the Athletics Leadership Development Team, hear from Head Women’s Soccer Coach Jennifer Klein and two student-athletes Jacque Young of the Women’s Golf team and Adam Wooten of the Men’s Gymnastics team on their perspectives and wisdom related to a number of leadership topics in relation to building a championship culture. (27 min)

 Episode transcript is available.

Episode Resources

Learn more about Michigan Athletics Leadership Development: http://lead.ath.umich.edu/

Processing/Reflection Questions:

How do you define leadership yourself? And how does your definition compare to Coach Klein’s and Adam’s definitions?

In your current position, how can you lead through service?

How do you utilize ‘self-care’ so that you can perform your best?

What ways can you find harmony between your conflicting interests/commitments?

Speaker Bio

Jacque Young

Jacque Young

Student Athlete on the Women's Golf team

Jacque is a junior on the Women’s Golf team. She is an international student-athlete from Singapore, majoring in Economics, and hopes to have a career in finance. She is the creator of the podcast, “Benched Stories” – a podcast about the human stories behind the ‘perfect student-athletes’.

“Benched Stories” Bio: A podcast where I talk to elite athletes about their journeys to where they are now. We talk about the stories on the sidelines, the stories that rarely get told. These are the stories that didn’t make the cut – real conversations revealing the human behind the “perfect” athlete.

Available on Spotify and Apple Podcasts:

Jennifer Klein

Jennifer Klein

Head Coach of Michigan Women's Soccer

Jennifer Klein is in her third season as the head coach of the University of Michigan Women’s Soccer program. By her second season with the Wolverines, Klein led the team to one the best finishes in recent program history; the 2019 team advanced to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament and made the program’s first appearance of the Big Ten Tournament Final since 2005. Prior to coming to Ann Arbor, Klein was the Associate Head Coach and Recruiting Coordinator for USC which won the 2016 National Championship. In addition to her work at the collegiate level, she has been involved with the U.S. Youth National Teams, including the U.S. Soccer U19 National Team as an assistant coach.

Adam Wooten

Adam Wooten

Student Athlete on the Men's Gymnastic team

Adam is a current sophomore at the University of Michigan Ross School of Business. He is majoring in business administration with a concentration on marketing and a minor in music. Adam also competes on the varsity Men’s Gymnastics team. In addition to athletics and academia, Adam has been a professional musician for many years, playing drums and singing in various bands and ensembles. Adam also plays an active role in his academic community as a member of the Black Business Undergraduate Society and the Alpha Gamma Pi Service Fraternity. He is thankful for all the people that have made his life so meaningful and looks forward to more impactful opportunities in the future.


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