Leadership and Athletics… What They Have in Common

This week I’m on the road to Sylvania, Ohio- home to the LPGA tour’s Jamie Farr Owens Corning Classic being held at Highland Meadows Golf Club. The field this week consists of the brightest and best the LPGA has to offer- my client among them. Coming off her fresh win this past week of the Ohio Women’s open (a three-peat for her!), she’s focused on the task at hand. This tournament has a million dollar purse- so the pressure is definitely on. The focus for us this week is turning stress into performance by solidifying she and her caddy as a team. Sound familiar?

The greatest thing about being a leader is the impact you are able to make on a daily basis. Our fighting forces are feared because Soldiers are molded into teams that rely on one another for support- feeding confidence in the face of danger and instilling loyalty to the team above personal welfare. Our economy is feared because Americans are calculated risk-takers with an exceptional dedication to the welfare of this great nation.

Great organizations and military units share many qualities with professional athletic teams. They have excellent leadership, dedicated team members, and dynamic support staff. Doesn’t that sound a lot like the greatest military units in history?

Are you building the people around you and forming a dynamic team? Is your team performing at an optimum level? The question for this week is: “If not, why not? And what can I do about it?”

This past week has been one for the history books. Among our news stations reporting warnings of budget cuts and deficit reductions the world around, a few notables stand out: Not only did the US Soccer Team have an amazing run in the World Cup & American tennis players have been making waves at Wimbledon, but US Forces are charging ahead in Afghanistan making an impact that even the media is noticing. With Americans everywhere demonstrating excellence on a global level, I challenge you to ask yourself what you’re doing this week to leave a legacy. There’s work to be done yet- and part of it depends on you. Choose to make an intentional impact- in your organization, in your family, in your community.

Thought For The Week

“Every kid around the world who plays soccer wants to be Pele. I have a great responsibility to show them not just how to be like a soccer player, but how to be like a man.”
Brazilian soccer player, considered possibly world’s greatest.

“I am a member of a team, and I rely on the team, I defer to it and sacrifice for it, because the team, not the individual, is the ultimate champion.”
Mia Hamm
American female soccer player.

ISSN: 2158-1355
© Crystal Dyer 2010. All Rights Reserved.


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