The Heart Behind Next Level Performance

Barrett Jones – Hardworking

The Next Level Leader™ leadership curriculum for student-athletes is designed to give young athletes the foundation to better understand themselves as leaders. They can then take this understanding to set direction for their life and to impact others more effectively. The curriculum itself is designed to use athletics as an experiential learning tool to teach life and leadership lessons to students. The ultimate goal is to equip each student-athlete to succeed NOW on the court, mat, or field, but to do so with a bigger vision—to see themselves become successful and productive citizens and leaders, far beyond the game, for the rest of their lives.

The Next Level Leader™ is divided into 10 modules, with 2 foundational prerequisite sections and 8 Core Qualities of Leadership.


  • Strengths
  • Values


  • Hard Working
  • Driven
  • Consistent
  • Goal Oriented
  • Confident
  • Trustworthy
  • Humble
  • Others Focused
Each Core Quality has a definition in the format of a behavioral statement. This will help the student-athlete have a working understanding of what that leadership quality looks like in action. Each module is broken down into 6 smaller lessons to help the student-athlete digest and then apply the various facets of that leadership quality over time. The trainer’s guide follows the “SAY” and “DO” model, to help instructors easily follow a simple outline of teaching cues and activities with students.

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