Finding a leader in the front lines

16 11 2016

“The will to win, the desire to succeed, the urge to reach your full potential… these are the keys that will unlock the door to personal excellence.” ~ Confucius

How good does it feel when your favorite sports team wins?  During a good rivalry game, or when they’re not favored, there’s pure joy when they pull of the victory.  How about when your kid’s sports team wins?  Now, think about that devastating loss, or when your kid gets a bad call from an umpire.  It makes you want to either curl into a ball of mourning, or go out there and grab the ump by the shirt and yell into his face.  So, yeah, we like winning, we like success, and that desire to do so drives many of us.

Leaders, harness that feeling when you need your team to do the impossible.  Sports illustrated had an article on what happened during the rain delay in the 10th inning of last week’s world series.  The manager and GM went to their offices, and the team called a players only meeting to remind each other that the Cubs were the best team in the game, and they were GOING to win that game.  Sometimes your biggest cheerleaders don’t have to be the leader.  Sometimes, you need to give a few key members of your team the urging to speak up, and tell the rest how to get the job done.  Doing so not only allows them to show some of their leadership potential, but just might get an otherwise impossible task done!


Speaking of keys…

Rubes cartoons used with permission.




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