LEWISBURG, Pa. - Bucknell Bison Leadership Academy programming continued this week, with Bison head coaches and first-year student-athletes from 26 of Bucknell's 27 varsity sports meeting for two-hour sessions with Lynne Kaplan, founder of the Do What Counts organizational development group, and Do What Counts associate James Knapp.

More than 50 Bucknell coaches did a session on Wednesday morning, followed by introductory workshops for the first-year students later in the day. The freshmen members of the football team attended a similar session earlier in the month on their first day of preseason training camp.

Do What Counts is a Maryland-based company that provides leadership training for businesses, teams and other organizations. Knapp, a former baseball and football student-athlete at Florida International, and Kaplan guided the Bison coaches and student-athletes through a self assessment process utilizing the DiSCTM system for identifying personality styles. The ability to recognize one's own personality traits, as well as those of teammates and coaches, can enhance the team dynamic and help athletes emerge as better leaders while recognizing different coaching styles.

Coaches Leadership Session

"This week's Leadership Academy sessions were very well received by our coaches and first-year student-athletes," said Maisha Kelly, senior associate athletics director and senior woman administrator at Bucknell. "In many cases the personality self-assessment process was an eye-opening experience. I think everyone came away with a better understanding of their individual leadership characteristics and how those qualities interface with other styles. This will prove to be beneficial as each group interacts with teammates and coaches from their respective programs. The Bucknell Bison Leadership Academy was designed with just this kind of training in mind, and we have much more planned moving forward."

The Bucknell Bison Leadership Academy launched a year ago, with the intent of helping student-athletes learn how to become effective leaders on and off the playing fields. Leadership Academy programming will expand in its second year, with the highlight of the fall series an Oct. 14 leadership kickoff event at the Campus Theater in Lewisburg, featuring Bucknell President John Bravman and special guest speaker Bill Gruver, the Scott Clinical Professor of Global Commerce, Strategy and Leadership at Bucknell.

Approximately 60 student-athletes across all 27 Bucknell varsity sports comprise the Leadership Academy, although every first-year student-athlete receives an introduction in 2012-13.