Leading by example is natural to many people in life. For some, it takes time to grow into that role.

Being in the limelight as a rising young athlete is something that helps you develop certain instincts and leadership skills.

No matter if you are playing sports, studying for an exam, hanging with friends, working a job or simply spending time with your family, exemplifying mature qualities is important.

The most successful people in life have structured schedules. Many wake up early and head to the gym well before their day job starts. After work, they spend time with their loved ones and before bed, they do a little reading to learn and then go to sleep a reasonable time.

Being disciplined in whatever you do in your life sounds easier than it actually is. Most college introduction classes will help you develop those skills. But leadership is something some are born with and many want to master.

Having leadership can you set you apart, help you gain trust with everyone around you. In sports, it is clear what leadership can do. The benefits are endless in team sports where leaders stand out and are needed to be able to pull through a long season, good or bad.

If you aren’t a true trendsetter or pathfinder then you should consider taking on some leadership skills. If not for sports, do it for yourself. In life, leading by example or stepping up when you need to comes in handy more often than you think.

Smart people earn jobs with core leadership skills at the forefront. Go out and be a trailblazer for you own good.

More columns to come soon…

Jake Perper is the founder of Prep Sports Scouting. Make sure to follow along for all the updates on Twitter: @JakePerper.

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