Trying to lead precisely like Michael Jordan would be a bad idea for most people. There are only so many greatest of all time in their field. Having said that, there are some leadership lessons to learn from Jordan and The Last Dance.
Leaders make tough business decisions every day that vary in importance and size. Due to the Coronavirus, many leaders are being forced into making critical decisions with less time; one of those is, where to invest in order to be better-positioned as they emerge.
One of the ways a leader separates themselves from being a manager is by coaching their people. A coach, by definition, is one who trains and instructs. The word coach comes from “carriage,” which means to take someone from where they are today to where they want to go.
Serving others is always crucial for leaders, but it’s especially important during challenging times and Covid-19 is the epitome of challenging times. People are concerned about their health, finances, and their future more than any time in recent history.
Every Christmas morning, General Krulak and his wife delivered homemade cookies to marines on their post. One year, as he arrived at Quantico, and was looking for the officer on duty. Turns out it was General Mattis. Krulak asked Mattis why he was there and Mattis replied, “The officer who was scheduled has a young family, and I thought he should be home with his kids on Christmas...
If there is a time you’re going to get discouraged, it’s now. A seemingly endless period of uncertainty, fear, and doubt clutters your mind daily. We need leaders to encourage us and keep us moving forward.