Next man up, ready to go, no excuses. You don’t have to be a business guru to appreciate the leadership lessons this year’s national college football championship between Alabama and Georgia teaches.
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It’s not unusual to look to the careers of coaches for examples of leadership – both good and bad. Consider basketball’s Coach K on one hand and football’s Joe Paterno on the other. However, it is rather unusual for one single game to tell a real-time, microcosmic story about how strong leaders turn a losing situation into a win.
This year’s national college football championship between Alabama and Georgia was such a game. The way Alabama overcame a 13-0 half-time Georgia lead to win by 26-23 in overtime was “heart-stopping.” You didn’t have to be a football fanatic to love this game, and you don’t have to be a business guru to appreciate the leadership lessons it teaches.
George Bradt, Forbes contributor, describes three people who stood out as leaders in the game: “Coach Nick Saban being ready to make required changes and having the courage to make the changes when he needed to do so; freshman reserve quarterback Tua Tagovailoa stepping up to do what he needed to do to win the game; starting quarterback Jalen Hurts keeping his head in the game even after being pulled out.”
The article translates Saban’s philosophy of “Next man up, ready to go, no excuses,” into business terms of “future capability, succession and contingency planning.”
Bradt also stresses developing and valuing leaders at all levels: “Your organization needs all sorts of leaders: artistic leaders, scientific leaders, interpersonal leaders, strategic leaders planning the alignment of forces before the battle, tactical leaders moving forces in the battle and supportive leaders. Make sure you treasure all of them.”
This is a short and easy read about the qualities of leaders, but one that has plenty to say.
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