Take me to your leader…

Last week’s blog was published right before the Cleveland Cavaliers clinched the NBA National Championship.  So much has happened since then. In a nutshell – they won; beat the odds, the curse is broken and hope springs eternal for Cleveland’s other professional sports teams. Everywhere you looked this week you saw – or heard – something Cavaliers – signs, merchandise, blogs, tweets, news items, interviews, songs.  I admit that I was “ALLIN” for just about every bit of it.

One thing that really stood out for me was the recurring notion of leadership. Interview after interview LeBron James was hailed as the leader of this team; a role he embraced willingly. And, interview after interview LeBron James stayed true to his belief in himself and his teammates, exhibiting confidence, drive and a demeanor that remained calm in the face of adversity. He led by example. Never let them see you sweat.  We have a game plan; we need to follow it and execute. Just follow my lead.

To me, that’s real leadership.  Even if he was screaming on the inside; even if there was any chink in the armor, you never saw it. Imagine how different things would have been if he was running around yelling, “We’re down 3-1, we’re down 3-1. What are we going to do? No team has ever come back from this point to win the championship!”  Bet there wouldn’t have been a championship parade in Cleveland this past Wednesday.

There are a lot of qualities that define a good leader; things like empathy, integrity, accountability and honesty among them. But the ability to make people believe in themselves; lead them calmly through the storm to beat the odds and achieve a goal; that’s leadership.  Just saying.

“Nothing is given. Everything is earned.”

Posted by MJ Thomas

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