Why Point Guards, Quarterbacks, and Catchers Are the Leaders
There is one advantage point guards, quarterbacks, and catchers have on everyone playing the game. They can see the entire field, court, or diamond.
As leaders of organizations, we must see our entire field, whether you are a teacher, principal, or business leader. You can make adjustments and place your teammates in the correct position when you can see the whole field.
A perfect example is when a quarterback calls an audible. An audible is a change of the original play. So, let's say the quarterback sees the defense is going to blitz. He then changes the play to quickly get the ball out of his hands because the defense is coming in hot.
Four Lessons We Can Learn From These Leaders
- Vision: As leaders, we must be able to read the room. What are our team strengths? Where can I place Jimmy and Sally on the "field" to make them most successful?
- Preparation: Once you see the vision for the next "play," you must then prepare. Do you need to tell Jimmy or Sally important information for them to be successful? Preparing the strategy is imperative for fulfilling the vision.
- Adaptability: Boom, the whole game plan gets blown up. What do you do now? Adjust. Life is always throwing curveballs, and it's a leader's job to be adaptable. Gather input from the team, then reroute the direction.
- Facilitators: Being an outstanding leader is about facilitating great "shots" for your teammates. When everyone is involved, team morale skyrockets. Teams with great morale usually end up winning in the long run.
These four lessons are only the tip of the iceberg. To go into more depth, watch how some of the greatest PGs, QBs, and catchers work with their players.
Which skill do you need to improve most?
For me, it's adaptability. Often, I am too stubborn to make adjustments that hurt the team's chance of winning.