A leader takes people where they want to go. A great leader takes people where they don’t necessarily want to go, but ought to be. ~Rosalynn Carter
Those who inspire us to make the world greater each day are those who lead their team mates to the best they can be. Abby Wambach is that kind of leader for the United States. You’re probably thinking “The United States? Who is she?” Well she is one of the worlds most renowned soccer players of all time. You probably know who she is now, as you recall watching the FIFA World Cup and seeing her infamous headers on goal. Yes, that’s Abby Wambach for you.
When I think of Abby I think of her whole heartedness and compassion she has for each one of her teammate. She has so much drive and tries to be the best while making sure others are at their best too. Even when others are, in fact, better than her she supports them to keep getting better. She is loyal on and off the field and communicates openly with people with a level of honesty. She puts others before herself and creates a positive, and yet goofy, environment that anyone can succeed in. “The key to leadership is that you have to have complete security with yourself.” This is why I value the way she leads because she listens and she’s open with whoever she talks to. She remains confident in who she is and where she came from and no one can change that.
She leads through her service for others as well. She is an advocate for USAID (open link) which supports gender equality in not only sports but in every day life. This shows her passion in making sure everyone is supported and treated equally. She also partakes in philanthropies such as Epilepsy Foundation and Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. In supporting and being a part of the LGBTQ community, she is an ambassador for Athlete Aly, which is a nonprofit organization that focuses on ending homophobia and transphobia in the sport world.
Being a leader on the field has not proven her wrong with her two Olympic gold medals and FIFA World Cup champion, six time winner of U.S. soccer athlete of the year award, and being the highest all-time scorer for the national team, and world record holder for most goals scored for males and females, to name a few. But being an advocate for self confidence and beauty influences others to follow her, not just because she’s a great soccer player and has all these awards, but because they believe that they can be beautiful as well.
“Bodies come in all different shapes. Bodies come in all different sizes. My body is very different than most other females. […] I want to show people that no matter who you are, no matter what shape you are, that’s still beautiful.”
I have followed Abby though her career and she has inspired me through my life as an athlete, on and off the field, to do the best that I can and to help others around me in the making. Team work really does make the dream work. With her “Forget Me” commercial, it has shown me that as a leader you don’t have to be remembered to make a difference in this world, as long as the world keeps moving in the right direction, we will succeed.