As an athlete for most of my life, a lot of my leadership ideals were molded by my coaches. In the sports world, coaches need to have love for their players and build strong relationships with them so that they can reach their potential. But sometimes in the past, my competitive nature overshadowed the importance of those relationships. Alignment Leadership taught me that not only are these relationships so vital, but that my love of competition is actually one of my greatest strengths. I discovered that the best way to lead people is to lean into myself and trust those inborn strengths to guide me. Now when I compete, I do it for more than just my people’s survival—I compete to help them thrive.