Leadership has alot to do with this, but so does the culture of the team. Nothing sums up the culture of this years team more than a picture posted on Facebook today. It was a quote from second baseman, Dustin Pedroia that said, "We're trying to win, man. Nobody cares what they do personally. It's all about the team." Powerful stuff!!
In sports, it has been said that there is no bigger accolade a professional ball player can receive than they were a great teammate. MVP's, batting titles, home runs, strikeouts, all of it does not matter. Were you there to support your team and did you do everything that you could do, selflessly, to ensure a "W"?
In our organizations, we come across people that have their personal agenda's. We all know who "they" are. Who are the individuals that are digging in and making sure that the job is getting done better today than what it was the day before? Are you one of them?
As a leader, it should be our goal to make sure that the team is successful. As in the case of the Red Sox, current manager John Farrell understands the concept of team. You don't see him trying to be the center of attention, unlike Bobby Valentine, last years Sox manager.
Are you a leader that is willing to work with the team you have to lead them from worst to first?
Are you creating a culture that puts team ahead of individual?
Are you ensuring that successes are being celebrated, but not dwelled on during the journey to greatness?
Are you able to recognize opportunities for development, and put players in roles that best suit the needs of the team?
If so, you my friend are a strong leader. Let your legacy tell whether you are a great leader.
Have a great week! Go SOX!!!