Do You Have What It Takes?

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Leadership is hard work! What is even worse than leadership being hard work is that you can go through long tough periods of time with little feedback other than most are not happy with you and all your changes. From my previous blogs, you as my readers already know that I love football and this time of the year. I played football along long time ago and to me it is very much like leadership. You spend countless days conditioning in the hot sun in mid August, you spend every free evening you have practicing and you are constantly told by your coaches that you really do very little right. You endure all this for more than six weeks for the opportunity and thrill of playing for about three hours one night a week. Following that three hour game you get to start the practicing all over again with much additional criticism on what you failed to do in the game—win or lose! When this all gets to be just about as much as you think you can stand relative to all the work you are putting into what is supposed to be a game, the coach will often then walk up to you at your lowest moment and say, “Do you have what it takes to play this game?”

For those of you who are leaders or aspire to be a leader, you either know or should know that the role of leader is much as I described playing football. However, you should know the practicing could be much longer, the games much less fair and with opponents that clearly care about nothing but your failure. So, you maybe asking yourself how do you know if you have what it takes to be a leader. Well I tell you there are lots of answers to that question but I will tell you above all else, like I love the game of football, you must love leadership and all the highs and lows that come with it.

Leaders need to create the playbook. If you think someone is going to hand it to you with all the answers, you are in for a long losing season. Leaders are visionaries who can see the plays that need to be called. Leaders are tough but fair. I always respected the player on the other team who could beat me with his physical or mental ability and if you can treat people with respect and set tough objectives for them, you will get many more victories. Leadership is about teamwork. I know of very few sports teams with multiple players who get to the pinnacle of success because one person does it all. A leader just like a coach has to delegate. Your ability to share not only the responsibility but the credit with others is a huge factor around which your team will win or lose.

The list could go on and on but I think you get the point by now. When I asked the question, “do you have what it takes to be a leader?” I am really asking if you understand that leadership is a lonely job, full of responsibility, driven by the ability to find the best coaches and players, vision the winning plays and get them to play to their full potential. I think leadership is as critical to a winning sports team as it is to a strong business but not all businesses succeed nor all sports teams win. Do you have what it takes to be a winning leader?


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