Some may argue, that leadership is only about winning. Well, the biggest winners of all time, found ways to win, by losing.
Even though tennis is mostly an individual sport, unless you take into consideration doubles, mixed doubles, Davis and the Billiy-Jane Gold Cup, you can still find leadership moments that go well beyond just winning or losing a match or a championship.
The most Grand Slam titles in the open era belong to Serena Williams. When she competed for what would had been her 24th grand slam title, she lost to Germany’s Angelique Kerber at the finals at Wimbledon. After the the match Williams congratulated Kerber on her achievement, she added a moving post-match interview that is a prime example of leadership within a loss – a win of humility. “It was such an amazing tournament for me,” Williams said. “I was really happy to get this far. It’s obviously disappointing, but I can’t be disappointed. I have so much to look forward to, I’m literally just getting started.”
This attitude is what won Serena so many titles in her career and her leadership on and off the court is what makes her a true champion.