Why Sports Builds Leadership

Lead on Purpose

Leadership is a personal trait that often proves elusive to many people, however is intimately related to personal success. Leaders also foster social change, and most of our cultural, social and economic progress is the result of leadership. It’s no surprise that many people would like to acquire this trait and would like to see their children develop strong leadership skills. So, too, does the way to impart leadership to an eager young mind.

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NSA leader to hackers: Cybersecurity’s a team sport

The Parallax

Cybersecurity really is a team sport. There’s a fair amount of rice bowl guarding, and making it worse is federal leadership that blunders from one hiccup to the next,” Forno says.

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Customer Experience is a Team Sport


Business Leadership & Strategy customer experience future of work marketingCustomer Experience (CX) will have a greater influence over future purchase decisions, say 93% of tech buyers.

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Leadership – No Talent Required

N2Growth Blog

Here’s the thing – the foundational elements of leadership require no skill or talent whatsoever. In today’s post I’ll share 6 leadership characteristics that require zero talent or skill. In the list that follows I’m going to share with you 6 leadership characteristics that require absolutely no talent or ability, but that must be present in order to succeed over the long-haul as a leader.

Leadership – No Talent Required

N2Growth Blog

Here’s the thing – the foundational elements of leadership require no skill or talent whatsoever. In today’s post I’ll share 6 leadership characteristics that require zero talent or skill. In the list that follows I’m going to share with you 6 leadership characteristics that require absolutely no talent or ability, but that must be present in order to succeed over the long-haul as a leader.

Leadership Lessons for creating High Performing Scrum Teams


Walker discovered that the most successful sports teams that ever existed all shared one single element: They all had a team captain with 7 overlapping traits that made them extremely successful. So, what lessons can Agile Leaders or Scrum Masters learn from these sports teams?


Sports, Life and Leadership: A Game and a Few Lessons


When it comes to playing table tennis (ping pong), I like hitting hard smacks. But in this particular game, the opponents were playing defensively. The first few times I tried smacking the ball, I lost the points. Just then, my doubles partner whispered something in my ears, “Reciprocate your game.

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Parents as Leadership Coaches

Let's Grow Leaders

It’s interesting to see leaders who take their servant leadership philosophy seriously at work, but have a more hovering approach when it comes to their children. The best way to learn leadership is by leading. I feel safe under his leadership.

Kentucky’s Coach Cal: A Leadership Role Model?

Next Level Blog

General Leadership John Calipari NCAA sports leadership University of KentuckySo, I got an e-mail yesterday from my brother, Steve. He’s a University of Kentucky grad and was the student manager for the basketball team during the Joe B. Hall era. These days, he’s the newly promoted CEO of a hospital in North Carolina. Being a rabid Wildcat fan, he was miffed that on the morning after UK won the. Click headline to continue.

Social Media for Better Leadership and Learning


Leadership in a connected world is a complex sport. When the complexity around us increases, we need more connected leadership that is constantly making sense of evolving patterns, thinking and mindset. 12 Critical Competencies For Leadership in the Future.

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Leadership reading list

Dan Pupius

Leadership is its own craft, not simply an extension of other crafts. I’m loathe to use sports analogies, but I think this one’s worth it: Do you want to be more of a golf team or a basketball team? A collection of essential books that meaningfully affected our team.

The Rutgers Basketball Fiasco: Leadership, Responsibility and Accountability

Next Level Blog

If you follow sports or even just the news in general, you’ve likely seen the video of Rutgers men’s basketball coach Mike Rice shoving his players, hitting them with thrown balls and screaming homophobic slurs at them during practices last year.

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The Tao of Bubba Watson

Next Level Blog

General Leadership Bubba Watson sports leadership Tiger WoodsWith a seemingly impossible shot off the pine straw, Bubba Watson set himself up to win the Masters on Sunday. After he sank the winning putt in a playoff, he stood on the green, hugged his caddy, hugged his mom and wept and wept. As has been widely reported, Watson and his wife just adopted a baby boy a few. Click headline to continue.

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Avoiding The 5 Mistakes That Can End Your Leadership Career (before it even gets started)

Terry Starbucker

That was the bomb that nearly killed my leadership career, just as it was just getting started. The post Avoiding The 5 Mistakes That Can End Your Leadership Career (before it even gets started) appeared first on Terry "Starbucker" St. Leadership

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Leadership and listening

Lead on Purpose

My son invited me to attend a session with renowned sports performance enhancement coach Dr. Craig Manning. If you want to be happier, work more effectively, or improve your leadership, take the time to listen. Leadership Learning Communication listening Positive and effective communication starts with listening. When you listen first and ask questions second, you come away with a much better understanding of what the other person wanted you to know.

Leadership and Teamwork

Lead on Purpose

Sports metaphors are everywhere in the workplace, but there’s no denying that the leadership and teamwork skills found in the sports setting teach important lessons. Leadership Product Management / Marketing balance motivation personal improvement rewards success

Breaking Down Coach Popovich’s Perfect Pep Talk

Next Level Blog

Current Affairs General Leadership Improving Communications Personal Presence Team Building motivation NBA sports leadershipIt’s NBA playoff time and, as I write this, the San Antonio Spurs haven’t lost a game since April 11. That streak was almost broken a few nights ago when the Spurs were down big to the Oklahoma City Thunder in game one of the Western Conference championship series. The Spurs turned it around, though, and went on to win. Click headline to continue.

Five championship strategies

Lead on Purpose

What struck me the first time I listened to this podcast is how beautifully these principles apply to product management, to leadership and to life in general.

Leadership Inspirations – Revealing Character

Strategy Driven

Sports do not build character. You just finished reading Leadership Inspirations - Revealing Character ! The post Leadership Inspirations – Revealing Character appeared first on StrategyDriven. Relate Articles: Leadership Inspirations – Be Ready for Change.

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John Elway for Manager of the Year?

Next Level Blog

Current Affairs Organizational Development Personal Presence Team Building John Elway Peyton Manning sports leadership talent management Tim TebowWhile fans of Tim Tebow will likely vehemently disagree, I’d have to put Denver Broncos GM John Elway in the running for manager of the year. And not just NFL manager of the year; anybody’s manager of the year. Let me be the first to acknowledge that I enjoyed Tebowmania and Tebow Time as much as anyone. As I wrote.

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Leadership and Life Lessons from the Baseball Playoffs

Next Level Blog

If you’re a sports fan, the week just ended was one of those that makes you wish you didn’t have to work for a living. General Leadership Personal Presence baseball playoffs Drew Storen SportsCenter Washington NationalsEvery one of the Major League Baseball divisional championship series went to five games and many of the games went into extra innings. Given the need to sleep and to actually be coherent when I meet with clients, I couldn’t follow every single story line.

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Three Life Lessons from Vin and Arnie

Next Level Blog

Mindful Mondays executive presence leadership leadership presence mindfulness Presence sports leadershipTwo legends said goodbye yesterday. At age 88, Vin Scully, after 67 seasons in the booth, called his last home game for the Los Angeles Dodgers. Like the closing scene of a movie, the boys in blue clinched the NL West in the bottom of the 10th with a walk off homerun.

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Chameleons With A Heart: A Portrait Of More Human Leadership

Terry Starbucker

There’s no doubt great leadership is a delicate balancing act, between the two most important elements of the equation – the business, and the humans who function within it. Leadership “Nowadays, leaders need to wear many hats.

Dealing with Conflict | N2Growth Blog

N2Growth Blog

Here’s the thing - leadership and conflict go hand-in-hand. Leadership is a full-contact sport, and if you cannot address conflict in a healthy, productive fashion then you should not be in a leadership role. learning » Leadership thinking [.]

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Digital Transformation Drives C-Suite Discord


In the sport of rowing, each crew member has to row in synchrony or the boat risks undesired turns and even potential tipping. Blogs DevOps Culture DevOps Practice Enterprise DevOps Leadership Suite agile c-suite digital transformation IT department technology leaders

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How One Bad Round Of Golf Gave Me One Huge Leadership Lesson

Terry Starbucker

It’s been a relaxing and fun experience, but walking up to a par 3 hole that features a water hazard always brings back memories, not of a hole-in-one or a long holed putt, but a huge leadership (and life) lesson. Leadership

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Leadership – No Talent Required | N2Growth Blog

N2Growth Blog

Here’s the thing – the foundational elements of leadership require no skill or talent whatsoever. In today’s post I’ll share 6 leadership characteristics that require zero talent or skill. Leadership is a participation sport and never works well in absentia.

Front Line Leadership: The Keys To Managing Millenials, Part 1

Terry Starbucker

(Terry’s Note: Hi all – Today I’m introducing a new series of posts, written by guest writer Adam Tenenbaum , called Front Line Leadership. Adam is currently right in the middle of his leadership journey, overseeing a large staff at a very successful retail operation.

Three Leadership Lessons from the Netflix Slide

Next Level Blog

Netflix CEO Reed Hastings must be feeling a little bit like a team that ended up on the cover of Sports Illustrated and then started losing games. Last year, Hastings was on the cover of Fortune as. Please click the headline to read the whole story. Current Affairs Random observations Fortune Magazine Netflix Reed Hastings

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Leadership Lessons from Yoga - Next Level Blog

Next Level Blog

Since my compulsion is to look at most things from a leadership angle, here are a few lessons I've learned so far from the practice of yoga that seem to apply to the practice of leadership.   Leadership lesson learned?   Leadership lesson learned?

(More of The) 25 Timeless Leadership Lessons That Just Plain Work: Lessons 6-10

Terry Starbucker

Here are Lessons 6-10 of my 5-part series outlining 25 timeless leadership lessons -a primer and distillation of a lifetime of learning, and practicing, my great passion of leadership. “It is Solved by Walking” Take the Leadership Litmus Test. Leadership

Leadership Interview – Marshall Goldsmith | N2Growth Blog

N2Growth Blog

Marshall Goldsmith : I don’t specifically work in the area of strategy or leadership, but my work often affects those areas as what I do is help people change behavior. Mike Myatt : What’s been the most rewarding aspect of your work in the leadership field?

Should CIOs Be Working With “Engines”?

The Accidental Successful CIO

Blue Elephant Consulting – Your Source For Real World IT Department Leadership Skills. Technology Amazon augmented reality code EA Sports engine Facebook Frostbite graphics physics Unity Unreal videogames virtual reality

Women in Power: Leadership Differences By Gender

Women on Business

As women progressively enter leadership roles and management positions in organizations that traditionally used to be held by men, many pose questions about leadership styles and gender. This statistic draws a question: what is the difference between a man and woman’s leadership style? A few of the most important and valuable leadership traits are: honesty, intelligence, work ethic, decisiveness, ambition, compassion, and creativeness. A Question of Leadership.

The Simple Path to Leadership Bench Strength

Survive Your Promotion

I mean the supervisors who fail to realize that it’s their job to develop the leadership skills of their staff; who hold onto every task that requires collaboration or decision making for themselves rather than allowing their team members to learn these skills! Survive Your Promotion!

Leader-less Scrum?


Some people were trained that in Scrum the only acceptable uses of leader refer the Scrum Master’s servant leadership or Dev team members’ situational leadership. One of them is effective leadership: this is something we discuss in detail in Our Leadership White Paper.


Static vs Dynamic Code Analysis: How to Choose Between Them


Let’s start with a sporting analogy to help illustrate the difference between these two methodologies. Developers Industry Trends QA Thought LeadershipWhat’s the difference between static and dynamic code analysis, and how do you know which to use?

Five Signs That You Might Be a Tool

Next Level Blog

Take A Look Leadership Lessons Podcast Leadership Lessons Podcasts : Scott Eblin, executive coach, speaker and author of The Next Level: What Insiders Know About Executive Success, 2nd Edition , talks with top business and organizational leaders.

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It Never Ends. Even More Leadership Lessons from the Washington.

Next Level Blog

Even More Leadership Lessons from the Washington Redskins So, if you’re a regular reader of this blog, you might have expected me to have some sort of leadership lessons post on yesterday’s mid-term elections.  Rabid sports fans are known to disagree after all. 

10 Exceptional Strategies For Extraordinary Executives

N2Growth Blog

In reflecting on my 18 years as a professional resource in strategy, culture and leadership, I want to share 10 exceptional strategies executives can follow and implement to help survive the challenges of growing a healthy and sustainable organization: Have a good partner.