Is there a certain quality that a cheerleader should have in order to be the leader of the squad? Cheerleaders are known for their dedication and determination. With the kind of practice and training cheerleading require, those who want to be in the squad have to be prepared physically and mentally.
Does a Cheerleader Accept Challenges?
A good cheerleader is willing to try new things. She is not afraid to go outside her comfort zone to try different stunts or routines. She is not one who becomes complacent with tried and practiced cheer moves. She accepts challenges and never gives up trying for the sake and benefit of the squad. A new and difficult stunt or routine is a challenge not every member of the squad can accept or overcome. If the stunt will make the routine spectacular to eyes of the spectators, the leader should be able to convince the rest of the squad to be patient in practicing the new stunt or move.
Does She Practice Routines Religiously?
Practice makes perfect. This applies to cheerleading as well. The complexity of some stunts will require members of the squad to be patient and not get bored doing the same stunts or routines repeatedly. Some members of the squad may learn fast while others may take longer than usual to perfect the move. A good cheerleader will offer constructive advice to help the struggling squad member get the skill or technique to be able to do the move correctly.
Is She A Team Player?
As a leader of the cheerleading squad, a good leader does not focus everything on her. She would allow other members of the squad to have their ‘shining” moments during the performance. After all, cheerleading is not about the leaders. It is the concerted effort and coordination of every member that makes their performance appealing to everyone. A cheerleading performance becomes spectacular if delivered in such precision and synchronization.
Is She A Likeable Squad Leader?
This is what sets a great squad leader from a good one. There are leaders who manifest their leadership in such authoritative manner that the rest of the squad becomes uncomfortable in the presence of the leader. But there are others who are able to let the squad knows she means business when it comes to the squad’s training and practice, but still remains likeable; approachable and not intimidating. With a cheerleader like that, practice and training sessions become significantly light and easy to handle. The pressure to perform a high level is there but the squad sees it as required of everyone and not of a single member of the squad. The leader makes sure the squad feels that way.
Is She Capable of Handling Criticisms?
Most of the time routines become extraordinary if everyone is willing to try and experiment on different techniques or moves. And it cannot be avoided that criticisms will surface as the team tries to get the move close to perfection, if not perfectly. A great cheerleader should have an open mind to listen to other’s point of view and be objective about the criticism. It shouldn’t be taken as a personal attack but just a point of view that may be beneficial for the entire squad.
These are just some of the questions, the answers of which will determine the kind of cheerleader your squad has.
Does your cheerleader have a cheerleading heart and attitude?