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

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Build bench strength.

 

If you are a football fan, you know how important it is to have players who can move into positions that open up because a starter has been injured. This bench strength or ability to replace a team’s starting lineup—including its superstars— is one of the reasons why championship teams like the New England Patriots and the Philadelphia Eagles have been so successful. Having players who are prepared to move into key roles at a moment’s notice is perhaps the greatest strength of any team. The managers and coaches make sure they have a few players on the bench who can be relied on to perform as well as the ones on the field should a starter have to leave the game.

Bench strength is also important in business. Employees in ...

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