Exceptional leaders always aim to improve.
- They attend industry conferences to keep current.
- They enroll in seminars or workshops to refine their skills.
- They further their formal education while continuing to work.
- They take a variety of assessments to identify opportunities.
- They work with a mentor to sharpen their thinking.
- They hire a coach to develop advanced skills.
- They evaluate their own performance and adjust.
- Plus, they read these weekly tips!
Actively look for leadership lessons to elevate your performance. How? By observing and studying other leaders, different businesses, various industries, and even specific events.
With this tip in mind, what leadership improvements can you extract from Super Bowl LII?
Here are five of mine:
- The best-performing teams can be described as “family-like.” – This is how the professional football players of the Philadelphia Eagles described their team.Lesson: “Family-like” teams seem to overcome obstacles and hardships better than other teams
- Never give up on someone who under performs. – After Philadelphia Eagles’ back-up quarterback bounced around from team to team and almost quit football, he became the game’s most valuable player.Lesson: Give your team members your respect, your full support, and lots of opportunities, and they will perform for you.
- It’s perfectly acceptable to hold someone accountable for performance or behavior. – New England Patriot’s coach benched a starting player for poor behavior.Lesson: To keep harmony in the “family,” explain why someone must leave.That helps people understand and accept the consequences for poor behavior or lack of performance.
- Motivation is a powerful competitive edge. – The Philadelphia Eagles were viewed as highly motivated underdogs because of the injuries to many of their key players.Lesson: Find your team’s motivation and leverage it.
- Innovation should be in everyone’s playbook. – During the game, both teams introduced creative plays to outperform the other.Lesson: An innovative approach properly executed can deflate and destroy your competitors while boosting the morale of your own team.
Look for leadership lessons everywhere-even at the Super Bowl!