Yesterday I posted the first six leadership lessons from the final chapter of Peter King’s great book Monday Morning Quarterback.Â As promised, the followingÂ is Part 2 which contains six additional leadershipÂ lessons I gleaned from that chapter.
- There are Perks to Leadership and There is a Price to Leadership – “I’m 26 years old, I just threw 38 TD passes in one year, and I’m the NFL MVP.Â People look at me and say, ‘I’d love to be that guy.’Â But if they knew what it took to be that guy, they wouldn’t love to be him, I guarantee you that.Â I’m entering a treatment center tomorrow.Â Would they love that?” – Brett Favre to PeterÂ King.Â Leaders, what price are you willing to pay?
- PerspectiveÂ – “In my life, I’ve chopped cotton, picked watermelons, built fences, worked on an assembly line, worked in an oil field, built scaffolding.Â You know what?Â Â ThoseÂ jobs areÂ harder than football.Â So I’ll never take it easy in football.”Â -Â Hall of Fame Minnesota Vikings DT John Randle
- Relevance – “You know what the highest-rated TV show on Saturday night is?Â Whatever you bring home from Blockbuster.” – NBCÂ President Dick EbersolÂ on why he televised the XFL.Â What strikes me aboutÂ his statementÂ is how Blockbuster has not changed after all these years andÂ is now facing financial challenges.Â You may not like change but you’ll like irrelevance even less.
- Personal Growth – “You go into a game, a game we really needed, and you do what you have to do to win.Â It’s all I know.Â I’ve been playing that way since I was at Virginia Tech and before, since I was a kid in the backyard.Â Â That’s me.” – Then Atlanta Falcons QB Michael Vick.Â Vick stayed true to his childhood roots both on, and unfortunately unlike John Randall, off the field as well.Â
- A Father’sÂ InfluenceÂ – “Some of my best memories are fishing with my dad, and I want to make sure I do that as often as I can before my life changes for good.” – Wisconsin tackle Joe Thomas on why he would be absent from the NFL Draft.Â Read The Greatest Leadership RoleÂ for more information on theÂ influence and impactÂ of a father.
- Return On InvestmentÂ – “If I’m going to have confidence in (rookie WR Anthony) Gonzalez during the season, and I plan to, I need to put him in every position he’s going to be in when it counts.Â And I need (rookie tackle Tony) Ugoh to make the adjustments he’s going to have to make during the game.” – Indianapolis QB Peyton Manning.Â I know PreparationÂ was mentioned in the previous postÂ but Manning is unquestionably the most prepared athlete I’ve ever seen.Â If you go to my categories section under Increasing Capacity, you will find 11 posts dedicated to Peyton’s leadership skills.
Leaders, are you paying the price necessary toÂ increase your influence?Â Do you have perspective, relevance, and a personal growth strategy?Â Do you understand the impact your upbringing has on your life?Â And finally, do you prepare or repair?
If you answer these questions correctly, you are definitely on the road to becoming the leader God meant for you to be!