In honor of today’s Super Bowl, my post this week is about leadership – but not the traditional, “how to be a successful leader” or “leaders always win” message. This week I’m thinking about how even great leaders sometimes fail.
Today is a great example of that. Peyton Manning is one of the greatest quarterbacks to ever play professional football. Even if you don’t like him, you can agree to that. He has significant natural abilities, that’s for sure. But what makes him one of the greatest ever – what separates him from the rest of the really good quarterbacks – is his leadership.
Never is this more evident than before the ball is hiked each play where he is filling his role as the Field General. He is barking orders, giving instructions, bluffing the defense, all the while auditing the defensive formation to determine his best course of action.
Even though he is one of the best ever, his team fell short tonight, proving that even great leaders lose.
I couldn’t help but imagine the Colts locker room after the game. I envision Peyton Manning, distraught over a loss he probably took too much credit for, talking to his teammates about the past successes they’ve had, the great season they enjoyed and the successes they will enjoy together in the future. I think that’s the mark of a great leader.
What do you think?