Sports Leadership Guide

For Captains and Aspiring Leaders in Athletics

By: Scott Cvetkovski, M.S, CEO of Positive Sports Leadership


The Sports Leadership Guide is a guide in the art and way of leadership in athletics. Founder Scott Cvetkovski lived the life of an NCAA Student-Athlete and has developed this guide to be time effecient and effective in walking athletes through different situations that can occur on athletic teams. His experience, coupled with his Master of Science in Executive Leadership and Change brings a new wave of leadership to those who wish to lead.


The core structure of the guide is based around the principles of Emotional Intelligence developed by Multi Health Systems: Self-Perception, Self-Expression, Interpersonal, Decision Making, and Stress Management. Using EI as the core base, the guide branches out into the many angles of being a student-athletes and use techniques and tools to lead their team to victory. At the end of each chapter, the student-athletes will learn one part of Tuckman's Developmental Stages in Small Groups as a tool to measure the success of their teams. 

Chapter 2 Summary 
Finding Your True Self in Leadership

Chapter 2 is where the student-athletes begin to look in the mirror and understand where they are in their leadership journey. In this chapter, the student is introduced to the first core aspect of Emotional Intelligence, Self-Perception. With the knowledge of self-awareness, the student-athlete will explore themselves to find out their true north and why they want to become great leaders for their teams. 

Chapter 4 Summary 
Social Consciousness in Leadership

Chapter 4 begins the exploration into the Decision Making Composite of Emotional Intelligence and how knowing that problem solving is a key aspect in leadership. In this chapter, we walk the student-athletes through each environment they will encounter while being a leader in athletics in an educational institution. It also walks the leader through the different types of people that make up an athletic team, and how to use the awareness of their personal cognitive preferences, and those of others, to handle each situation as it arises.

Chapter 1 Summary 
Understanding and Defining Leadership

Chapter 1 is the first look into leadership for many student-athletes. The chapter is designed to give the student-athletes a fundamental understanding of leadership. The chapter explores many different theories on leadership as well as theories on what makes a leader.

Chapter 3 Summary 
Managing Yourself as a Leader

Chapter 3 is the beginning point in the student-athletes' journey into managing themselves as leaders from what they learned about themselves in the previous chapter. Self-Expression and Stress Management are the next core principles in EI and it is here they learn about different scenarios that will occur. They will learn how to mange themselves as a leader and to make the best course of action for their team. You cannot manage others, if you cannot manage yourself.

Chapter 5 Summary 
Developing Relationships as a Leader

Chapter 5 helps the athlete to understand the importance of relationship management and how to utilize that skill in a positive way by studying the Interpersonal Composite of Emotional Intelligence. This chapter explores how to manage the different relationships the student-athlete will face as a leader. Coaches, athletic administration, players, fans, and educational instructors will be a part of relationships the leader will have to manage. This chapter also discusses team building techniques and how to develop leaders for the following year.