[February 5, 2019] It’s been said that leadership is the capacity to translate vision into reality. While life and sports are about doing exactly this, only those who are best organized can actually succeed. Sunday evening, the New England Patriots won Super Bowl LIII against the Los Angeles Rams in a tough game: scoring 13 – 3.
Sports experts will tell you that the Patriots won because they had a better offense/defense, or a better quarterback or coach, or they had more possession time, or had more grit and determination. While this might be arguably true, there are other reasons the sports “experts” will not mention.
“People who work together will win, whether it be against complex football defenses, or the problems of modern society.” – Vince Lombardi, American football coach
Foremost in any team that wins is a sense of belonging that permeates everything they do and think. A winning football culture is difficult; beyond the comprehension of most of us. While all successful sports teams have great organizations behind them, those that infuse the heart of their sport are those that will win the most.
We’ve seen this before. From the Tom Landry Dallas Cowboys, the Mike Krzyzewski Duke Basketball Team, the Joe Torre New York Yankees … coaches have been at the center of those teams. When competing with exceptional athletes in a competitive environment, those organizations lead by great coaches, make the difference in true champions.
Sports organizations are an overlooked part of a team’s success. Here at theLeaderMaker.com, we bring this to light. The coach/leader who effectively leads this organization makes the difference. Alexander the Great once commented that he was “not afraid of an army of lions led by a sheep; but of an army of sheep led by a lion.”
Coach Bill Belichick will give credit to his Patriot football team and his well-oiled professional support organization. You don’t hear much about Bill Belichick and that’s the way he likes it. His football players are dedicated to him, to the Patriot culture of quality football, and are accepting responsibility for all things that make the team better.
This is why they won the Super Bowl and have done so many times.