Editors Note: The following article was written by Quicken VP of Talent Development and Leadership, Tony Nuckolls. I heard him reading this to some peers in the elevator today, and was inspired. I asked if I could share it along and he said that I could – I hope you take from it as much as I did. – Editor in Chief – Jeff Bilbrey
March Madness, a special time of the year for college basketball fans, sports enthusiasts and those who relish competition. We love seeing our teams reach peak performance at precisely the right time. We see who survives and advances as well as those whose season comes to an abrupt end. We talk about the close games, cheer for the underdog, and celebrate the success of our favorite team.
What is the difference between those who win and those who lose in this single game elimination tournament? My answer is simple, LEADERSHIP. Leaders lead and winners win. Plain and simple.
Leaders are coaches who help their team rally behind a common cause. A leader sets the vision, defines the goals, clearly articulates the mission, and helps inspire action within the team. The leader positively impacts the mindset and belief system of the team. The leader understands the importance of preparation, practice, and bringing passion to everything they do.
The leader may be the point guard on the floor, a role player, or the head coach drawing up plays. Regardless of title or position, the leader’s passion is on full display- both on and off the court. This passion shows up in all they do and can be felt. It’s absolutely contagious.
So, when you are enjoying college basketball this month take a minute to view the madness from a slightly different lens. Check out the leadership in action along with the scoreboard.
For the teams that make a deep run, create memorable upsets, and defy the odds will all have something in common- great leadership. You will see coaches coaching, players playing, and rock solid leaders leading!
“Wisdom without sharing is worthless”