In what will probably go down as the greatest Superbowl in the history of the American Football, Tom Brady showed outstanding leadership and just why he is the best of all time. Coming back from a 25 point deficit in the final quarter, Tom Brady showed outstanding leadership, as he has done throughout his career, and helped his team gain victory.
Here are five leadership lessons we can learn from a great leader and the greatest quarterback of all time.
Be A Role Model
Tom Brady sets the standard for what it means to be a New England Patriots. He works incredibly hard, is self-critical, accountable, takes great care of himself, and he exudes passion and excitement which you can see ripple through the team. When you hear comments from fellow teammates such as Julian Edelman's "How he handled everything is just something to look up to," you can see the high regard in which he is held by the Patriot players.
Focus on The Prize
Throughout the course of the season and post-season, there have been a lot of distractions, but Brady has kept his eye's on the prize. He has a laser-like focus, which enables him to shut out the noise, the onrushing defenders and keep himself focused on the goal, on what's important and just forget the rest.
Believe in Yourself
Over the past few years, many have written off Tom Brady, talking about the start of his decline. Saying he's too old, too immobile, that his performances are dropping, but Brady never doubted himself, he always said that he would play on for another few years. Self-Belief is massively important because if you don't believe in you, why should your teammates. As the leader of the team, when the team believes in you, it increases their belief in themselves. In sport, and also in business, confidence is a critical ingredient that is necessary for success.
Keep Calm Even In Difficult Times
Panic causes hesitation, and hesitation leads to mistakes and ultimately failure. Tom Brady seems to have nerves of steel, even when trailing by 25 points, he never panicked, he just kept his cool and focused on doing his job, which stopped his team from panicking. As leaders, if you can keep your head while those around are losing theirs, you can bring back the calm which will help improve execution.
Never Give Up
It's not over until it's over is a bit of a cliche, but that doesn't stop it from being true. Many failures occur when the finishing line is just around the corner, but the teams either look to cruise in or give up believing it's beyond their reach.
Great leaders don't give up; they keep pushing to the end, knowing that to give up is to give in to failure and that while there is still time there is still hope. Many of the greatest victories have happened when all looked lost, but people just refused to give up and kept on going.
If you can exhibit these qualities, then maybe they will help you achieve great results and become a Hall of Fame leader.