15 Leadership Quotes And Common Threads To Great Teams
GreatÂ leaders know you can accomplish more withÂ aÂ team of talented individuals than you can simplyÂ by yourself.Â Therefore, a leader’s ultimate success isÂ directly tiedÂ toÂ his/her ability to build aÂ great team.
Led by head coach John Calipari, the 2011-2012 Kentucky Wildcats were one of the greatest college basketball teams in recent memory.Â Shortly after winning the national championship earlier this month, Sports Illustrated’s Kelli Anderson examined the ingredients that were integral to theÂ team’s successÂ in their April 9th issue.
TheÂ following are 15 common threads ofÂ this and all championship teams thatÂ leaders can learn from.
- Great LeadershipÂ - “This guy is one of the best coaches in college basketball.Â He gets talent to play very hard, and he makes talent better” says Indiana head coach Tom Crean of Calipari.
- LeadersÂ Model Hard WorkÂ - “You don’t jog this court!Â If you need a break, come out!” – Calipari toÂ star playerÂ Anthony Davis.
- The LeadersÂ Lead Other LeadersÂ - “He (Calipari) is so good at dealing withÂ high-level athletes, I don’t think high-maintenance affects him.” – Crean
- Core ValuesÂ - CalipariÂ laysÂ a proper foundation forÂ talented players during the recruiting process.Â The following three points are his core values of player acquisition.
- ExpectationsÂ - Calipari expectsÂ hard-work and unselfishness from players even during recruiting.
- EffectiveÂ CommunicationÂ -Â Calipari does not make unrealisticÂ promises about playing time or number of touches.
- RespectÂ AuthorityÂ -Â IfÂ a potential recruitÂ shows disrespect to hisÂ (grand)parents or coaches, he stops the recruiting process because they will not listen to him either in the future.
- GenerosityÂ - TheÂ unselfishness andÂ cohesiveness of those on the Wildcat roster matchedÂ their talent.Â Prior to the SEC tournament, star player Michael Kidd-Gilchrist advised Calipari, “Coach, we need Darius (Miller) in the NCAA tournament, and he’s not playing well right now.Â Let me come off the bench.”
- ChemistryÂ - “These guys really like each other”Â noted CoachÂ Calipari.
- Experience MattersÂ - Miller has been at the program four years.Â Because of the type of players CalipariÂ recruits, Calipari says, “No college player has played with more NBA players than him.”Â Miller has had 40 teammates during his time on the Wildcats.
- Learn From The BestÂ - During the NBA lockout, the WildcatsÂ played a number of games against NBA players such as Kevin Duran and LeBron James.Â GuardÂ Marquis Teague said, “Playing against guys on that level, you’ve got to learn to share the ball and move it around because you can’t beat them off the dribble as easy as you can with players on your level.Â That’s when we learned how to play together.”Â Leaders, whoÂ are you andÂ your team learning from?
- Effectively Leverage Marginal TimeÂ - Inspired by Michael Jordan’s habit as a player, Kidd-Gilchrist started early morning drills and weightliftingÂ for the entire team during the Christmas break.
- Develop AÂ Leadership CultureÂ - “I like it to be like geese fly.Â So Michael will lead, then sometimes Darius will, then Anthony and so on.Â I’m trying to teach every one of them to lead.Â Leadership is about everybody else, not yourself.” – Calipari
- HumilityÂ - “As I’ve gotten older, life has become easier, and we’ve won a whole lot more games when it has been about everybody else and not about me.Â When it’s about the players first, they play for you.” – Calipari
- Purpose To Leave A ProperÂ LegacyÂ - “I want my legacy to be that families’ lives have been changed though our relationship.Â Senator Mitch McConnell said to me, ‘How many guys leave off of this team, do you think?’ I said, seven – five starters and two seniors.Â If we play well, they’ll all have opportunities.Â He said, ‘You’re creating more millionaires than a Wall Street firm!’Â What if that number is 70 by the time I retire?Â How would you say I did?Â Because the cycle on those families, that cycle of poverty or whatever it may be, has just changed.” – Calipari
Does your team have these 15 common threads?Â If so, you may have a championship team as well.Â If not, in what areas do you need to improve?
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