Sportsmanship and leadership go hand in hand and sports enthusiast, Shaun Michael Sabia uses his experiences with both in every aspect of his
Originally from Old Saybrook, Ct., Shaun Michael Sabia, a 2016 graduate of the Flagler College Sports Management Program remains a huge sports fan. Shaun Michael Sabia also considers himself to be a barstool sports fan of podcasts and avid social media buff. He is passionate about The New York Mets and New York Rangers and follows his favorite college basketball team, the University of Connecticut. Ask Shaun Michael Sabia anything about the 2011 National Championship that advanced the UConn Huskies to win 11 straight postseason games and claim the title NCAA title, and he will credit, leadership to their success. The team was not even considered to rank that year, let alone win the entire championship. Shaun Michael Sabia explianed that due to a respected coach’s leadership, and a dedicated, hardworking team, they worked together, applied team work and the outcome was the winning the championship.
These sportsmanlike experiences and love for “the game” has heightened Shaun Michael Sabia’s leadership skills both in his career and his volunteer efforts. One quote that resonates with him is by baseball legend, Jackie Robinson. “A life is not important except the impact it has on other lives.” Impacting other lives is something that comes naturally to Shaun Michael Sabia, especially after a volunteer experience 15 years ago. His leadership skills were put to the test when he traveled to New Orleans in 2005 to assist those in need after Hurricane Katrina. “Volunteering for the cleanup effort had an impact on me that’s impossible to put into words,” Shaun Michael Sabia explained in a March 2020 “Access Wire” interview. He said that that one decision has had a major effect on his life that has called him to help others through volunteering. He has since participated in a mission trip to Haiti, travels throughout the world and is committed to helping others in the future. “Now, I find myself seeking the fulfillment of volunteering on a regular basis,” Shaun Michael Sabia said.
What companies are learning is that employees who participated in sports in high school and college are bringing those experiences to their workplace, many now using the term, “team” instead of “staff.” According to an Emergentics International blog by management expert, O.C. Tanner, “Teamwork is one of the basic skills sports can teach. Great leaders need team building skills in order to be examples and effective to those they lead.”
Shaun Michael Sabia agrees and will continue using the leadership and teamwork skills he learned through sports to strengthen his skills. “I hope to always find opportunities to make a positive impact in our world and community,” he said.