The importance of Team to a successful leader …
The World Cup semi-finals saw France vs Belgium and England vs Croatia resulting in an unexpected pitting of France vs Croatia for the finals match. Even if you are not a soccer (football) fan, there is an important lesson that can and should be learned from this year’s FIFA clash. It is a lesson that ALL Princes, Princesses and Leaders cannot afford to let pass by unacknowledged.
The names: Messi, Ronaldo, Neymar and Salah were chosen by Vox.com as the four best soccer players in the world leading up to the World Cup. However, not one of these titans played in either the semi-finals or finals of the world’s most watched sporting event. These men who are just slightly short of gods to their fans were denied even the opportunity to wear the crown of laurels at the game’s 2018 final moment because none of their teams made it to the final four.
The lesson is this: Soccer is a TEAM sport. The greatest player without the support of a great team cannot succeed, no matter how talented, driven, passionate or practiced they are.
During the last few months, we have dissected and discussed a variety of topics related to leadership that an aspiring Prince must take seriously and develop in order to achieve success. Too many people are prone to rely on only their own willpower or talent and cannot or will not entrust and empower their followers, whether out of fear or selfishness. Like soccer, the fortune or failure of a leader simply does not lie solely in one’s own hands. Development of a “team” who is inspired to greatness by the leader’s generous encouragement and fearless example is the only way to increase one’s footprint on the world and generate lasting wealth and happiness.
The skills required to accomplish this can be learned. There are many books and coaching organizations, including the Prince or Pauper series of educational tools that make this possible. Whatever you choose to pursue to get the education that you need, the important thing is acknowledgement of the need to be a great leader who surrounds oneself with a winning team and to remember that a rising tide lifts all boats … which is to say that the entire team gets to bask in the glory of success. So be generous with the sharing of rewards. Doing so will attract the best players to your team.