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Leadership Lessons from Professional Football: Championship Wisdom from Super Bowl Champions by Peter R. Garber

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Develop resilience.

 

The best pro teams are able to deal with adversity. Once they overcome obstacles and setbacks, they bounce back stronger than ever. Tough calls during a big game, penalties, and tough playing conditions are all part of the game, but true adversity is more long-term: losing your top starter to an injury during the season, major problems with ownership or management, a threatened strike—these are the times when teams are really tested. Backup players have to be able to step into starting roles without the team missing a beat. In fact, they must play as well or better than the players they replace! Setbacks and adversity are what turn a bunch of individual players into a team. It doesn’t matter who is playing a particular position—the ...

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