Over the years, I have learned that the greatest quality a team can own is … leadership.
Leadership comes in many forms and styles, which can all add to the overall success of a high performance team.
To reach champion status, the coaching staff MUST be selfless leaders who determine the route and who … and more importantly, the players need to be leaders.
- Great leadership reveals a commitment to service.
History tells us that leadership is exposed through many styles, where action, both positive and negative, is an intimate part of the equation. As time passes, the mark of great leadership is exposed: the team of followers turns into the future leaders that are inspired to carry out the mission. Ultimately, the enduring positive values of all great leaders are built upon a service foundation; the good of others is the top priority.
- Positive character is the measurement of great people.
If character is defined as the mental and moral qualities distinctive to an individual, then positive character is the measurement of a great person. Namely; service, integrity, courage, humility, honesty, perseverance, dedication, open communication, enthusiasm, grit, honor, and faith. Leaders of character will dominate the future. And at this very moment in time, our society desperately needs leaders of character who focus on service.
- Leadership is ACTION by individuals – nothing else.
Leadership is not a system or a process. A great system can be destroyed by poor leadership – defined as negative action by individuals that detract from the rise of the whole. Likewise, great people can be limited and destroyed by poor systems – defined as the collection of processes that produce a sub-optimized end-result. Leadership is action by individuals that empowers and then influences others to achieve a vision© (definition of leadership via Coach Grewe). Its measurement of effectiveness is visible two-fold: 1) through unpredictable levels of performance, and 2) over time after the individuals are displaced. The word LEADERSHIP is overused and misunderstood when leadership is associated with end results or outcomes. Outcomes, whether positive or negative, are a result of a system and processes. Leadership is the action of individuals in those systems, executing the processes. Nevertheless, it takes great leadership to support and implement systems and processes that can adapt to the changing future.
- Organizational success is the result of a powerful chain reaction in building HPT.
Organizational success starts by getting the right individuals on the train (212 train ride perspective) that are committed to a common set of core values and vision. Then it becomes the implementation of a system that produces positive (desired) outcomes as a result of the collaboration of the core components determined by the vision. The individuals (on the train) must be committed to following processes that build high performance teams (HPT). And through it all, leaders, who are committed to service, emerge at every level with the mindset to influence others to achieve the vision.
- Great organizations emphasize leadership excellence as a core component.
There is a common habit among both individuals and organizations that maintain long-term growth – namely, a commitment to on-going learning and development. In essence, getting better never stops. Regardless of the main focus (ex. offense, defense, special teams, speed, etc.) critical to the bottom line (winning), all the great organizations include leadership excellence as one of its systems’ core components.
- There is no magic formula for becoming a superb leader.
However, there is a formula in building HPT, namely; RP = C w/ PR (the RP Emphasis™). Leadership does not follow a formula. Not every situation is exactly the same. Individuals are not interchangeable – personality and intelligence (both emotional and situational) drive effectiveness and are position dependent. Therefore, it easy to understand that experience plays a significant role in the development of a leader – the more experiences, the more situational intelligence. Therefore, if there is no magic formula, then the assumption can be made that a set of distinct qualities defines the superb leader. The debate then focuses on the qualities. Coach Grewe defends the enduring qualities of positive character through service; for he believes only leaders of character, committed to serving others, will be equipped to face the challenges of the future. The individuals, who don’t get it, come crashing down.
- Initial success can prevent future success.
History proves that it takes a collection of great leaders to rise to the top and obtain success, which is usually defined through a measurement with others. Yet, success is a very trivial reward. Having a strong foundation is necessary to handle the elements and challenges of success. Leaders with strong character celebrate success with others who participated, while keeping success in context and staying focused on future journeys.
- The last twenty years has dramatically changed both the WHY and the HOW leaders lead.
Technology, media exposure, and rate-of-development (change) are three main reasons WHY great leadership is in demand. The resulting chaos and clutter becomes the biggest challenges for leaders. Many current leaders are not prepared for it. Great leaders control the chaos and clutter by focusing on what is the “best interest” of the organization (the people), all while staying true to its core values. This becomes a mindset that guides action.
- Power without character corrupts.
When leaders concentrate on gaining and keeping power rather than advancing mission and service to others, they sacrifice their integrity. Equating power with leadership, or justifying power plays as expedience to ensure success is the root cause of most failed leadership (both past and future).