You don’t really need to be the boss to be a leader. Like Michael, leaders don’t rely on titles or position to lead. Their influence extends beyond their specific role and draws people looking for leadership to them. I can’t think of another basketball player I’m aware of that had more ability to consistently lead his team to victory than Jordan.
Individual efforts fall flat while teams win. It doesn’t really matter if it’s football, basketball or business, teams win when everyone pulls together. It was obvious last Sunday that the Ravens just wanted it more as a team. Flacco stepped up to lead the team to victory, but he would probably be the first to tell you it was the team running routes, making catches and blocking tackles that won the game. A leader shares credit for the victories and is often not in the limelight.
You gotta play the entire game. Both Jordan and Flacco are great examples of showing up to play the entire game. Like some of you, I was hopeful when the 49ers made their comeback push in the second half of the game — I even entertained the thought that they might win — but you’ve gotta show up for the entire game. They didn’t.
I think the biggest accomplishment of the Dream Team was the ability of some of the biggest egos in professional sports to work together to dominate their competition. I’m convinced a big part of that was their leadership both on and off the court.
Over the 20 years since 1992 other Dream Teams have come and gone, basketball has become an internationally loved sport, and the iconic play of Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson, Larry Bird, Charles Barkley, Chris Mullen, Scottie Pippen, John Stockton, Karl Malone, David Robinson, Patrick Ewing, Christian Laettner and Clyde Drexler actually outperformed the hype.
As a Main Street business evangelist and marketing veteran with more than 25 years in the trenches, Ty Kiisel writes about leading people and small-business issues for Lendio (www.lendio.com).
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