DATELINE: FEBRUARY 3, 2013 | ATLANTA, GEORGIA USA | SUPER BOWL SUNDAY
So, it’s the day of the big game! I am looking forward to a nice quiet evening watching the Super Bowl.
But I am not looking forward to the day after the big game.
Monday Morning Quarterbacking
It is not because I party too hard or stay up too late, but it is because of all of the “should’ve, would’ve and could’ve’s” that come to surface. It is amazing, the number of experts who sit at home on the Monday following the game in their comfortable arm chairs and know better how to play the game than those who make the roster.
You hear things like:
“Come on, I could have caught that pass!!!”
“What is he thinking, he should have never called that play!!!”
Yep, the world is filled with arm-chair quarterbacks who never make bone-headed plays or the wrong calls.
Oh to live in such a perfect world.
On Talking and Walking
But do you know the difference between those who talk and those who do? It can be summed up in one word, REALITY! I always want to ask, “Well why didn’t you make that catch,” or “why didn’t you call something different?” You know why the didn’t, they were not really in the game.
It is much easier to muse about the possibilities than it is to take part in the realities.
Leadership is much the same. I find that some of the grandest criticisms of leadership come from those who have never really led. They sit back in the comfort of their lack of responsibility and accountability and say things like, “Well no wonder it didn’t work, he should have done it this way,” or “Everyone saw that mistake coming.”
It is amazing that the simplicity of leadership is questioned by those who seem unwilling or choose not to even be in the game.
On Doing it Right
Leadership done well is not easy. It takes a special calling to be willing to shoulder the accountability and responsibility of leadership. The first to come and the last to go, and often the one to put up with the most criticism, she is the real leader.
If it were that easy, everyone would be doing it. But they don’t, do they?
Real leaders find themselves fighting it out in the trenches when others have left the building. Real leaders miss sleep because the decision weighs heavy on their hearts while others simply scoff at why they didn’t get their way.
Leaders who really lead know that the results far outweigh the credit and they do not mind when the nay-Sayers amazingly get on board when all of a sudden that sure to fail task doesn’t.
On Playing Well
Are you a real leader? You have to know that the arm-chair leaders will criticize, complain and question. It comes with the territory. But those of us who play the game know that even when we don’t please everyone, leadership is essential and serves as its own reward.
Keep on leading! REALLY!
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Dr. Dan Roberts is professor of Organizational Leadership at Point University
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