In the NFL, the quarterback position is most critical to the team’s overall success. Tom Brady is already working with his WRs, one week removed from his 7th Super Bowl victory. Packers QB Aaron Rodgers leads the Packers in a pre-game prayer, blames his shoulder when others make mistakes, and never praises himself, only others. Or how about Russell Wilson? Off the field, Wilson has gone to Seattle Children’s Hospital every Tuesday since he was a rookie with the Seahawks.
The leadership stories of Quarter-backs are all different, however, one key thing is in common in this position. This one singular thing has to lead to more success in the sports and business world than anything that has been or ever can be. It’s the difference between just being great yourself vs. being great and making others around you great. This one common attribute is leadership. And when you examine these leaders in detail, all have made their teammates better in numerous ways, on and off the field.
Leadership, whether we are talking business leadership or leadership in sports, all have four key attributes:
- Willingness to serve others
- Going the extra mile
- Being an example
- How you respond to various situations, in good times and bad.
When you look at leadership in sports and these four attributes, they encompass the work done by these four sportsmen. Their teammates follow them on and off the field at a much higher level than we are accustomed to seeing. These five sportsmen seem to have a “magic touch” for elevating other players around them. One can argue this merely because of their greatness, but do remember this one truth; Their greatness is a byproduct of their physical ability and ability to show not only leadership in sports but in all facets of life.