I used to coach a freshman baseball team and worked hard to form and sustain great relationships with the team so I could support them as athletes but also as young men. That support can be demonstrated through small acts that show kids they have an ally. For instance, by listening to a child and keeping your word to them, you are showing them they can depend on you.
And when you break your word, they learn the opposite. However, it’s also a chance to grow.
I had an incident like that occur as a coach and it has stuck with me for more than 20 years. It made me take a closer look at how I was forming and maintaining trust with people, but also how I could do more in the future. Humbling, but powerful.
Hear more about my teachable moment in this podcast from EdSurge: