Can your team overcome adversity and win?

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Leaders are expected to deliver success

No pro sports club hires a new coach thinking that the team will have a losing season. No. The coach is there to make the team win. The fans expect no less.

The same is true in business. Organizations do not put leaders in place to perform poorly. The exact opposite is true. They are expected to succeed.

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The Raiders hired John Gruden to win games. He is not smiling much these days.

Leaders are replaced when they fail to deliver

Every year coaches who do not win are replaced. Some sports leagues like the NFL and English Premier League are brutal on coaches.

No one cares if the team does not have enough talent to win. The expectation remains the same — win.

The coach or manager is fired if the team does not win.

No exceptions, no excuses.

The business world is not much different. Organizations cannot afford to keep losing leaders in place. Too much is at stake.

Leicester City Football Club fired their manager even after he won a miracle title for them.
Leicester City Football Club fired their manager even after he won a miracle title for them.
Leicester City Football Club fired their manager even after he won a miracle title for them.

Teams that win are remembered and remain

Try to recall who lost the Super Bowl two years ago. Hard to do. It was the Atlanta Falcons.

We are much more likely to remember that Tom Brady led the New England Patriots to the greatest come from behind victory in Super Bowl history.

It was an amazing win.

The Philadelphia Eagles were surprise winners of this year's Super Bowl.
The Philadelphia Eagles were surprise winners of this year's Super Bowl.
The Philadelphia Eagles were the surprise winners of last year’s Super Bowl.

Winning year after year is hard

So it goes. Winners are remembered. Losers are forgotten.

The business world is not much different. Companies come and go based on how they perform. The companies that succeed remain.

Others disappear over time.

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Lehman Brothers was once a highly respected investment company. They are gone.

Success in sports requires winning when it counts

Instead, success is measured by how a team performs in the playoffs.

Was the team even able to make the playoffs?

If not — might be time for a new coach.

Were they able to win it all, and take home the trophy?

Did the team win when it counted the most?

The Washington Nationals are highly successful during the season, but not in the playoffs. Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY
The Washington Nationals are highly successful during the season, but not in the playoffs. Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY
The Washington Nationals are highly successful during the season, but not in the playoffs. Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

The need to succeed is the same in the business world

Did your team deliver when it mattered the most?

Did you close the deal, or lose to a competitor?

Were you able to make your clients successful?

Did you make your financial numbers this quarter?

Are you growing?

Are you winning?

If your team is not able to win when it counts, then you may be in trouble as a leader.

Blockbuster video failed to survive while Netflix continues to thrive.
Blockbuster video failed to survive while Netflix continues to thrive.
Blockbuster video failed to survive while Netflix continues to thrive.

All teams face adversity at some point

Why is that? All The Way Leadership! believes that many teams struggle because they do not deal well with adversity.

Instead of rising to the occasion they crumble. They lose.

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The Cleveland Browns are infamous for losing a lot of games.

Some perform their worse when it matters the most

Great teams, on the other hand, deal well with adversity. They overcome it.

They make the shot. They score the goal. They deliver. They win.

The Eagles scored on a fourth and goal play in the Super Bowl. It changed the game.
The Eagles scored on a fourth and goal play in the Super Bowl. It changed the game.
The Eagles scored on a fourth and goal play in the Super Bowl. It changed the game.

The leader plays a critical role when adversity strikes

They turn to their leader for guidance about the best way to handle the situation.

Picture the New England Patriots going into halftime at Super Bowl LI. The one they were losing to the Atlanta Falcons big time.

The likelihood of winning was remote at best.

The New England Patriots hired Bill Belichick to win Super Bowls. Credit: David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports
The New England Patriots hired Bill Belichick to win Super Bowls. Credit: David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports
The Patriots Bill Belichick is known for winning. Credit: David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports

How leaders respond will affect the team

How were Tom and Bill acting? What were they doing?

I bet they were cool-headed. They were analyzing what happened in the first half. They were mapping out a new strategy to win.

Tom Brady is known for his ability to lead his team to victory. Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports
Tom Brady is known for his ability to lead his team to victory. Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports
Tom Brady throws a pass during the Super Bowl. Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

The leader must keep her wits when times get tough

How do you handle the situation?

Are you able to remain calm and lead your team to victory?

Or do you lose your cool and become unhinged?

I am not saying that all leaders need to remain calm at all times. There are a time and a place for high energy leadership.

Rather I am saying that it is important that a leader keep her wits when adversity strikes.

Tom Brady is known for his calmness under pressure while leading his team to victory.
Tom Brady is known for his calmness under pressure while leading his team to victory.
Tom Brady is known for his calmness under pressure while leading his team to victory.

Leading well requires that you keep your head in the game

Some sports coaches and leaders are known for yelling and screaming when put under pressure. I have worked for this type of leader.

It is unsettling and usually does not end well for the team. No one wants to work for a leader who turns into the Hulk under pressure.

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Bobby Knight was known for losing his mind during some games.

When you are the leader quitting is not an option

Instead they dig-in. They double down. They do all that they can to lead their team to victory.

In the end, they may lose, but at least they gave their best effort.

Their team members and others will respect a leader who goes the distance. The one who puts it all on the line.

Simply put — quitting because it gets hard is not an option when it comes to leadership. When you want to quit remember the words of Winston Churchill.

Never, never, never give up.

Winston Churchill

You are telling your team that it is okay to quit

Which brings me full circle to my original point. In order to win, a team must be able to deal with adversity.

It is a rare thing that victory comes without it.

Hang in there, and lead your team effectively when adversity strikes.

It will make the victory that much sweeter.

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Leader and learner. Father of two young men. Novice blogger, www.lettertosons.com, Founder of All The Way Leadership! http://www.allthewayleadership.com/

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