Super Bowl Sunday – 8 Leadership Lessons

It is Friday, February 3, 2012.  Just 2 days until Super Bowl Sunday 2012.  Virtually every person reading this article will watch part or all of the big game… as well as most of the extremely expensive advertisements!  Like all events, the Super Bowl provides excellent opportunities to relate to, remember and re-focus on important leadership principles in your personal and professional life.


Regardless of the team you want to win, preparing for, getting to, and playing in the Super Bowl is all about leadership.  From the team’s owners, management, coaches and players, it’s all about leadership.


Everyone on the field will be immensely talented.  All will be elite athletes capable of performing at the very highest levels.  The winning team will be the one that collectively leads best in achieving what counts… having the higher score at the end of the game.


The Linkage website ( recently published a timely article with examples, titled 8 Leadership Lessons from Tom Brady.  Most, if not all would also be applicable to Eli Manning.  Without the examples and detail provided in the article, the 8 leadership lessons are as follows:


  1. Work hard.
  2. Take control, but don’t take over
  3. Keep calm
  4. Admit your mistakes
  5. Recognize and leverage high-potential talent
  6. Communicate
  7. Know your competition
  8. Make time for your priorities


As you enjoy the game, regardless of which team ultimately wins, watch and take note of how these crucial leadership principles play out during the game.


Then, during the game or after, reflect on how these crucial leadership principles determine your success in leading and in accomplish those things that are most important to you and your organization.

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