When leaders are called into action the major purpose is to create some form of change. This does not refer to change just for the sake of change but change that helps the team move forward in the right direction. I find this to be truer in sports when a new coach is called upon to replace another who hasn’t been getting the required results. In this last part of the series we will look at a few more aspects of leadership that are characteristic of great leaders.
Genuine leaders will develop relationships with their followers and don’t worry about titles. They understand that in order for them to get the cooperation of their followers they should connect with them at the level of the heart for starters.
“People don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care.” ~ John C. Maxwell
Leadership really is a people business hence it only makes sense to have good relationships with the people that you lead. Mother Theresa was one such person who at one point was considered one of the most caring people in the world when she was still alive. When there is genuine love for people they tend to want to help you achieve your goals as a leader.
I remember from science back in the day the concept of momentum that it had to do with the movement of bodies of mass. A key component of momentum is the speed at which the body moves through a given space. The formula for momentum is as follows,
Momentum = mass x velocity
Leadership is cyclical as there are times when everything is flowing smoothly and at other times they are just dead in the water. During those times when nothing is happening is when momentum needs to be created. The important thing to remember is that it is the leader’s responsibility to create that momentum and others will catch on.
Those leaders are not people that are waiting to be motivated by external forces but they have the internal desire to bring about change and as they lead by example the others around them begin to catch on. Once there is momentum in the team it becomes easier to steer the ship and achieve anything as a team. Having momentum helps the team perform better than it normally does.
I remember watching Michael Jordan’s inauguration into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 2009 and couldn’t help but admire all the things that he achieved in his career. He had a lot of ability as an individual and team player but if there was one aspect to define him as a person it was and still is his winning mentality. In part of his speech he said something that I have never forgotten since then,
“There’s no I in ‘team’ but there’s I in ‘win'” ~ Michael Jordan
When the Chicago Bulls were down and needed some inspiration they turned to Michael Jordan to give them a lift because they knew he would find a way to help the team to win. To him winning was important whether it was through team play or carrying the team himself.
Real leaders will find ways to make things happen (not excuses) to put their team in a winning position. Ultimately that’s what people in a team want i.e. to achieve their goals. That is why sports teams bring in new managers and/or new players who will put the team in a winning position.
I hope this short series has helped you to better understand leadership at a deeper level and that you will begin to apply them with your teams. In case you missed the first part you can find it by clicking here. If you have some thoughts to share please comment below and be sure to share this post with your friends on social media. Until next time,
Be all you can be!