O’Neil Blake Football- Leadership Skills

O’Neil Blake is a graduate student at Lenoir-Rhyne University, which he also attended as an undergraduate. He majored in Sociology and received his degree in the spring of 2014, graduating Magna Cum Laude. He also played on the LRU football team for three seasons.

An ambitious and accomplished young man, he is interested in leadership and leadership issues. “I enjoy reading leadership literature in my spare time,” he says. “John Maxwell is one of my favorite authors.” John Maxwell is an internationally recognized authority on leadership and the author of more than sixty books, which have sold more than twenty million copies worldwide. Maxwell’s books, including The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership, have been translated into more than fifty languages.

But John Maxwell is by no means the only writer exploring the issues and concepts around leadership. There has, in fact, been a deluge of literature about leadership in recent years, offering a lot of advice from many perspectives. Most agree that the idea of leading means to influence people in some way. But some of it confuses leadership roles with the traits of leaders, which can lead to confusion among those who do not read widely in the field, and with great care.

O'Neil Blake Football subscribes to the principled that leadership is the ability to rally men and women to a common purpose, and having the character and personal traits that inspire confidence. He learned some of his leadership skills on the football field. He was the starting quarterback for the Lenoir-Rhyne University football team from the 2012 season through the 2014 season. In his last two seasons he earned All-South Atlantic Conference honors, and in 2014 he was named an NCAA Division II All-American by the Beyond Sports Network. He was also an All-Super Region II, and a Ronnie Lott Heavy Hitter Award winner.

Football has been a tremendous, and very positive, influence on the life of O’Neil Blake. It has taught him many valuable lessons and helped him with his overall growth and development as a person.

Since completing his undergraduate course work in the spring of 2014, O’Neil Blake has stayed active in football as a Graduate Assistant and Cornerbacks Coach for the Lenoir-Rhyne University football team. He is enrolled in the LRU MBA program and expects to graduate in May of 2016. He is originally from St. Elizabeth, Jamaica, and came to the United States when he was fourteen years old.

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