5 Leadership Quotes And Lessons From The Baltimore Ravens Ray Lewis
For those of whoÂ may not know, I am a HUGE NFL fan.Â My pre-season Super Bowl predictionÂ is thatÂ the Baltimore Ravens will defeatÂ the Green Bay PackersÂ andÂ become this year’s NFL champs.Â Part of the reason I feel this way is because of the inspirationalÂ leadership of Ray Lewis.
TheÂ video aboveÂ is his post-game speechÂ after theÂ team’s loss in last year’s AFC Championship game to the New England Patriots.Â Â There are five keyÂ principles I gleaned from Lewis that all leaders can learn from and apply.Â Check out the quotes below and see if you agree.Â
- “We fought as a team.” – Great leadersÂ are incurable teambuilders.Â Regardless of your individual talent, leaders understand that it takes a team to accomplish something truly great.Â Â
- “We’ve got to come back and go to work to finish it next time.” – Great leaders are laser-focused on their goal.Â In addition, great leaders always point their team to a brighter tomorrow.
- “Don’t ever drop your head when it comes to a loss because there’s too much pain outside of this that people are going through.” -Â Last yearÂ when a tsunami devastated the nation of Japan,Â we were having a very difficult meeting at work.Â Our ExecutiveÂ Vice President Ken Friar then reminded us, “We could be living in Japan today.”Â Great leaders always bring proper perspective.Â Â Â
- “Let’s make somebody smile when we walk out of here.” – In addition to giving us proper perspective, great leaders also remind usÂ of the need to expand our influence by serving others.Â
- “We got an opportunity to keep going…Let’s get stronger as a team.” – Great leaders do not waste opportunity.Â There are so few of them.
What other leadership principles did you get from Lewis’s speech?
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