9. Be Careful Not to Give off Thoughts of Thinking Too Highly of Yourself

Message

How often over the past few years have you picked up a magazine or read your morning paper to find yet another Chairman of a Fortune 500 company is going to prison for cheating his company, a celebrated athlete returning their Olympic medals for cheating, or the Governor of the largest state in the union resigning for indiscretions? They all fell off their celebrated pedestals because they thought more highly of themselves than their company, team, or constituents.

Application

One of the most interesting and insightful books I have read most recently is the biography of Vince Lombardi, the respected coach of the Green Bay Packers. Even though he received much of the credit for the Packers’ Super Bowl victories, he instilled in his men that it was not about him but the team and how they worked together to achieve success. “It is essential to understand that battles are primarily won in the hearts of men. Men respond to leadership in the most remarkable way and once you have won their hearts, they will follow you anywhere.” He went on to say, “Teamwork is what the Green Bay Packers were all about. They didn’t do it for individual glory. They did it because they loved one another.”

Connecting at the Heart Level

True leadership happens when one aspires to not only lead their team but share the glory. Never underestimate the heart of a champion!