- The importance of getting a team to play its best, “peak,” at the time when it matters most. Link to Leadership -> The value of building learning, improvement and collaboration into you and your team’s daily/weekly/etc. processes.
- The significance of a team’s “bench” and how no matter how good your team is, the result of a game may hinge on the performance of players who don’t start the game. Link to Leadership -> Always develop backups and give them a chance to perform regularly.
- Knowing when to call “time out.” Link to Leadership -> Remember to have enough information about people and projects so that you can recognize when you need to stop and re-group.
- The power of momentum and how results are influenced by a team’s ability to recognize it, leverage it, start it, build on it, or end it. Link to Leadership -> As a leader, remember to watch, pay attention to, and value the emotional and social makeup of yourself as well as your team.
These are just a few of the leadership lessons I’m reminded of as I view the clashes on the hard courts. What other leadership take-aways do you see reflected in the coaching or play of teams competing in the NCAA men’s and women’s basketball tournaments?
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