Welcome back to part three, the third (obviously) and final installment of the Leadership in Football series.
I’m breaking some common traits in effective leaders, and analyzing how Tim Tebow exemplifies these traits.
You might want to compare your own leadership skills to Tebow, and try to apply some of these traits to become a leader on your own football squad.
As I said before, you never know; your leaderships abilities could very well be the one thing that gets you picked by an NFL team over another comparable player.
Let’s finish up.
How, or why, would somebody follow you, if they don’t know where you’re going?
Tim Tebow has never left it for people to guess what he’s going after.
Remember his declaration at the press conference that the Florida Gators would become the hardest working team in the nation? They went on to win the National Championship that year.
Here’s Tim’s pledge after the loss to Ole Miss:
As the leader of that team, he let it be known to his teammates what his goal was, and they followed suit.
That’s what leaders do.
Football aside, the man has never left it for our imaginations what he’s about, and what his ultimate goal is in his life, which is to be a good role model for children.
This quote, from his interview with Sean Hannity, pretty much sums it up:
It’s one thing to score touchdowns and win championships and trophies, but at the end of the day that doesn’t matter. If you can affect people, change people’s lives and be a good role model, someone that a mom or a dad can look to their son and say, ‘Hey, that’s how you need to handle it,’ then that’s my ultimate goal. That’s ultimately how I’d define my life as having success if I can reach that.
“People don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care”
― John C. Maxwell, leadership expert and pastor
Before you can expect people to follow you, they need to feel like you care about them.
As he’s shown through his experience as a missionary, in his charity work, prison ministry, and his work with an orphanage in the Philippines, Tim Tebow seems to have a genuine concern for the well-being of others.
As his former collegiate coach Urban Meyer said about him back when he was at Florida, Tebow’s almost made it “cool” to give back:
The one thing about Tim is his unselfishness… it’s almost like selflessness is now a cool thing. Kids realizing to give back. And if you can brighten someone’s day, you do it. The impact that he’s made on this team is phenomenal…
Being An Exceptional Performer
“Mushy” stuff aside, truth is, nobody wants to follow a scrub. They want to follow the best and most successful.
You’d be a fool (no offense intended) to think that Tebow’s success on the field doesn’t have anything to do with why he’s looked at as such a leader.
Take a look at these accomplishments:
- 2× BCS National Championship (2007, 2009)
- 2× SEC Championship (2006, 2008)
- 2× First-team All-American (2007, 2008)
- Second-team All-American (2009)
- 3× First-team All-SEC (2007, 2008, 2009)
- AP Player of the Year (2007)
- Davey O’Brien Award (2007)
- 2× Maxwell Award (2007, 2008)
- Heisman Trophy (2007)
- Quarterback of the Year (2007)
- Manning Award (2008)
- William V. Campbell Trophy (2009)
Merriam-Webster dictionary definition of Charisma:
cha·ris·ma (noun) : 1. a personal magic of leadership arousing special popular loyalty or enthusiasm for a public figure (as a political leader) 2. a special magnetic charm or appeal <the charisma of a popular actor>
People aren’t going to follow you if they don’t like you. That’s why politicians kiss babies at rallies and shake hands.
While you don’t have to be charismatic to get people to follow you, it definitely makes it easier to get people to follow you.
Check Tebow in action on Jimmy Kimmel:
Again, being a leader will definitely improve your character assessment in the eyes of NFL teams.
But don’t try to be a leader just for football.
Develop your leaderships skills so that you can successfully lead your families and communities, even after your football days are done.
That’s more important, when it’s all said and done, my friends.
What other qualities of leaders can you think of that I didn’t mention? Leave a comment below!
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