We Develop Leaders On and Off the Field

Vital Leadership strives for all young adults to reach their peak performance in life and sports as they live a life of integrity and influence others positively along the way. We emphasize the vital behaviors necessary for mental toughness and personal leadership.

We specialize in leadership coaching for ages 12-25.


How to Achieve Peak Performance in Sports.
FOR ATHLETES seeking to master confidence, composure, focus, and their athletic performance. Many athletes have tremendous talent that never makes it to game day. Nerves. Fears. Irrational beliefs all stand in the athlete’s way. Do you get in your own way and hinder your own success? Learn to stop letting pressure overpower you. Instead, manage and thrive under pressure to find the premier athlete in yourself, and become an even finer person, too. Learn from us how to master your mental game and let your best performance shine – every day.

Three Ways to Learn Athletic Leadership


Reach your peak performance with the help of a personal Mental Game Coach, who will listen to your experiences and challenges and help you develop the skills, habits and thoughts of a champion. Schedule your first session or a 20-minute Intro/Info call today.

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Play a team sport and want everyone to stay strong at crunch time? Or, play an individual sport but train with others who strive to master their mental game, too? Group sessions can provide great discussion opportunities and reduce the costs per person. Let us know when we can start helping your team or group reach their potential.

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You aren’t the first athlete to feel pressure, get distracted, lose motivation or find yourself feeling anxious, fearful or frustrated. Read the blog or explore our workbooks for insight and tools on leading yourself and others, mastering fear and overcoming challenges so that you can reach your peak performance in sports and life.


Will you be ready?

Because life ALWAYS brings challenge. Let us help you master pressure. DON’T LET PRESSURE MASTER YOU.

Vital Leadership is based in Leawood, Kansas, which is near Kansas City. Sessions can be done through Skype or Facetime. Scholarships are available. Contact us for more information.


How to Thrive in Your Life, School and Work.
Leadership is NOT something you are born with. It is learned.

Becoming a strong leader includes:

  • Leading yourself
  • Knowing your strengths, values, and lesser strengths
  • Having confidence in who you are and where you are going because you understand and accept yourself and have a set direction
  • Relating well with others
  • Managing life well
  • Remaining confident during tough times

Most leadership courses are written for adults. Not ours.
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  • “Going through the Vital Leadership curriculum has given me actual tools to be successful in leading myself throughout the rest of my life. It is a perfect self-analysis, asking questions I forget to ask myself and reflecting deep into the way I perceive myself. It also asks the right questions to challenge the way I view myself, and inviting others into the process to help me grow.”

    – Kay, Baylor University Senior

  • “Vital Leadership has been an integral part of our son Bradley’s tennis development on and off the tennis court. Kim’s unique ability to understand the challenges of a youth athlete is simply outstanding. Bradley has been able to win matches and the mental game during the match because of Kim’s involvement.”

    – David M., Parent of a nationally ranked tennis player heading to a NCAA Division I school

  • “Kim’s “been there” and brings that firsthand understanding of the pressures and opportunities that accompany high-level youth sports and related competition. My son has thoroughly enjoyed working with Kim and always comes away with practical ways he can apply her lessons and advice while competing. I’ve recommended Vital Leadership to friends and will continue to do so!”

    – Lisa, parent of 17-year old golfer

  • “The biggest thing I learned was process goals – they have helped me calm down. And about how to be more confident.”

    -Kriti, 11-year old nationally ranked squash player

  • “Kim filled an instrumental and pivotal role in encouraging, strengthening and modeling strong leadership and teammate characteristics for our daughter. Although they have not worked together recently, Kim has stayed in touch and committed throughout my daughter’s college career. She will be a friend and mentor for her for life.”

    – Kristin, parent of Division I tennis player now age 22

  • Hi! I just wanted to check in. Since the last time I texted you, I have played with the exact same focus and intensity and short memory. I have been crushing it, including this weekend in Boston where I have already gotten a few emails from coaches a day later. I cannot thank you enough for all of your help!”

    – Will, HS sophomore, lacrosse


Founders Jack and Kim Bastable love to help young people develop into successful leaders by teaching and modeling the vital behaviors necessary for meaningful, high performance lives. After professional athletic careers in baseball and tennis, they raised six children as they mentored and lived the vital behaviors they teach. In 2010, to further their efforts, they set up Vital Leadership as a non-profit corporation. All income from services and products is reinvested into leadership training scholarships and curriculum for those in need, and Jack and Kim volunteer their time to teach, lead and mentor.

We provide training, experiences, mentoring and inspiration for young adults and athletes to allow them to grow in self-leadership in order to reach their God-given potential and influence others.

  • Performance and leadership coach with 30 years of coaching, mentoring and training young adults, as well as athletes in various sports
  • Former professional tennis player and current USPTA Elite teaching professional
  • NCAA All-American, SEC Champion – University of Florida
  • Certified in Mental Toughness and Leadership with a Master’s degree in Coaching Performance from the University of Missouri
  • Expert and thought leader in wellbeing, employee engagement and creating thriving corporate cultures as a business consultant for 35 years
  • Former pro baseball player with the Philadelphia Phillies and Oakland A’s
  • Dual-sport standout at Missouri – two-time all-conference catcher & record-setting kicker and running back on the football team
  • Certified in Mental Toughness and Leadership
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” – Jeremiah 29:11