By: Kathy Kent Toney, CEO & Founder of Kent Solutions
Wow, another breathtaking, nerve-racking performance by the Kansas City Chiefs! They've done it again with two Super Bowl championships two years in a row. But one thing I've learned is that Patrick Mahomes is inevitable. He and this incredible team are at their best when under fire.
If you've been reading my blogs or newsletters for a while, you probably know I'm a huge Kansas City Chiefs fan. One thing I love to do is to bring to light leadership lessons from this amazing team! And this is one of those instances.
I could write about so many players on this team, but I'd like to highlight Mecole Hardman and Marquez Valdes-Scantling, both wide receivers who came up huge in this game. They each caught touchdown passes that cemented winning the Super Bowl.
Here are some leadership tips stemming from their play in this game that I believe we can embrace to become more effective leaders:
1. Never Give Up and Never Give in
When the cards are stacked against you, rearrange the cards!
Until the playoffs, Marquez had dropped the ball so many times that they lost one game to the Philadelphia Eagles as a direct result of a drop. Things were so bad throughout the season that many fans wanted him off the team. But he became a hero in these playoffs, scoring the go-ahead touchdown for the Chiefs in the Super Bowl and securing a clutch catch that cemented KC's win to go to the big game. He proved the naysayers wrong to help the Chiefs win the Super Bowl.
Leadership Tip: stay determined to achieve your goals, no matter what obstacles or challenges stand in your way. Keep focused, keep learning, and keep showing up. Doing so will make all the difference in the world.
2. When Your Name is Called, Be Ready
Mecole was released midseason from the New York Jets, returning to the Chiefs, who had drafted him. He rarely received targets for much of the season up until the playoff game with the Buffalo Bills. Twice in that game, he fumbled the ball and jeopardized the game. It was not a good day! However, according to Patrick Mahomes, he kept working to get better.
And it paid off. In the Super Bowl, he came up big, scoring the winning touchdown. He showed up when it mattered most.
Leadership Tip: don't allow negative occurrences in your past to shape your future. Keep working, stay positive and determined so you'll be ready to succeed when your name is called.
As business leaders, we would all do well to embrace these qualities: through never giving up, preparing ourselves to serve well, and envisioning our success, we will become better equipped to lead with excellence.
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