Friday, September 4, 2009

Caution Sports Fans: Don’t Underestimate the Importance of Leadership

It’s that time of year again. Yes, that’s right. It’s football season and my favorite time of the year.

I’m often intrigued when fans think this will be the year their team wins the championship.

All things being equal (talent level and resources) don’t underestimate the importance of leadership.

State U. had everything in place to win the championship. The team returned 18 starters from the previous year’s team where they finished in third place with an 8-4 record. Five of their players made all conference. They won their first game of this year by beating rival Tech U. The morning after the victory, Kyle went to the local restaurant for breakfast. When he finished ordering his food, he saw one of the defensive coaches who graduated from high school with him.

“That was some heck of game you guys played last night,” said Kyle.

“It’s about time the offense did something right,” responded the defensive coach.

Kyle was stunned. The team played a tremendous game the night before. Kyle wondered why one of the team’s staff members would make such a horrible statement.

It’s not enough for your team to be loaded with talent. If there is internal strife amongst it members, rest assured you’re team will not win a championship.

And if they do win the championship, keep in mind there is a huge difference between a championship team and a championship organization.

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