Sept. 18, 2023

"The ABCs of Leadership Development" with David Csillan, MS, LAT ATC

"The ABCs of Leadership Development" with David Csillan, MS, LAT, ATC

Leadership involves more than giving orders. Effective leaders walk the talk. In this audio from his presentation, David discusses what he believes are the necessary qualities of leadership, presented through humor and his factual accounts.


  1. Identify the various qualities of an effective leader
  2. Understand how to increase productivity among the members of an organization
  3. Become familiar with motivation techniques which promote volunteerism and teamwork

Bio: One of the most passionate athlete safety advocates you will meet, David Csillan is currently a part time athletic trainer with The Hun School in Princeton, NJ. David holds a Bachelor's Degree in Physical Education with a focus on Athletic Training from Trenton State College (now The College of New Jersey) and a Master's Degree in Athletic Training from Old Dominion University. Prior to The Hun School he served as an athletic trainer at Ewing High School in New Jersey since 1991. Additionally, he provided medical services for events like the TCS New York City Marathon and Special Olympics New Jersey. During his career, David played a pivotal role in advancing the athletic training profession. He was President of the Athletic Trainers' Society in New Jersey, helping the state pass legislation to award certificates and tenure to eligible secondary school athletic trainers. He also worked on transitioning New Jersey's Athletic Training Practice Act from registration to licensure. David co-chaired the NATA Inter-Association Task Force on Preseason Heat Acclimatization Guidelines for Secondary School Athletics and led New Jersey to be the first state to adopt these guidelines, and has presented on this topic through various media outlets. In 2018, he collaborated with multiple organizations to develop policies aimed at reducing secondary school athletic catastrophic injuries in New Jersey. He co-authored NATA position statements on exertional heat injuries and the prevention of sudden death in athletics. David held leadership roles in NATA District Two and currently chairs the NATA District Secretaries'/Treasurers' Committee, co-chairs the EATA '49 Club Committee and 75th Anniversary Committee, and serves as a reviewer for the NATA Journal of Athletic Training and on the Editorial Board for Training and Conditioning magazine. His contributions to the field have earned him induction into several Halls of Fame, including the National Athletic Trainers' Association, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association, Athletic Trainers' Society of New Jersey, and Ewing High School Athletics.

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