WEEK 2 LEADERSHIP COMMITMENT: HOW TO GET AND KEEP YOURSELF MOTIVATED
LEADERS BY EXAMPLE Involves 4 Main Characteristics: 1.Commitment 2.Confidence 3.Composure 4.Character
COMMITMENT Martin Luther King Jr.Mother Teresa GhandiNelson Mandela George WashingtonMichael Jordan Ray LewisTim Tebow They all share one important characteristic..an unbelievable amount of commitment to their cause. These people put in the time and energy necessary to advance their cause and achieve their missions. Some literally gave their lives for the cause. Their TOTAL commitment attracted others who wanted to follow them. Similarly, to be an effective leader you must be committed---to give your time, energy, and passion to help your team pursue its goals.
VISION Great leaders know exactly what they want to achieve. They see what is possible for their teams and make it their mission to attain itregion title, state championship, turning around a losing program, etc. Great leaders determine a mission, or long term goal that they are passionate about achieving. To be a leader, you have to make people want to follow you, and nobody wants to follow someone who doesnt know where hes going. Joe Namath
ASSIGNMENT 1.What specifically is your teams long-term goal for this season (or your next season)? 2.Is the teams goal challenging enough to truly inspire you and your team? 3.How realistic is your goal given the time frame and people you have?
MAKE THE COMMITMENT If you want to be a leader, you must fully commit yourself. Your goal must be one of the biggest priorities in your life. You must be so inspired by the goal that you fully commit yourself to making it a reality. Leadership is an investment of time, energy and yourself to make your dreams and those of your teammates and coaches come true. You must be willing to ethically do whatever it takes to make it happen. You must be willing to endure all of the obstacles, challenges, and setbacks that will occur on the way. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sm6cWAz-g_o (Tim Tebow) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sm6cWAz-g_o
ASSIGNMENT 4.How important is your goal to you? How badly do you want to reach it? 5.What are you willing to sacrifice to reach your goal? You cant lead others to a place that you dont want to go yourself.
THE COMMITMENT CONTINUUM Resistant-Reluctant-ExistentCompliant-Committed-Compelled OBSESSED
Reluctant people are not YET willing to buy into the common goal. Hesitant to do what is asked of them and only give half effort and enthusiasm. Havent bought in to the belief that the team can be successful. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v =7Ho0E4ftRrc (Hoosiers) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v =7Ho0E4ftRrc Resistant people resist being led. Have their own view and ideas. Do not agree with the teams rules and standards and openly oppose them. Complain about coaches, teammates, workouts, conditioning, etc. Have not bought into the teams common goal and intentionally do their own thing. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uP7 Sjgm_8DI (Hoosiers) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uP7 Sjgm_8DI COMMITMENT CONTINUUM ResistantReluctant Resistant-Reluctant-Existent
Compliants will do whatever they are told by their coaches and team leaders. They do what is expected, but they lack the self-motivation to do any extra. They are frustrating because the leaders have to ALWAYS tell them what to do and supply them with motivation. Existent people are there in body but not mind and spirit. They show up but give little effort and dont invest much into the program. Dont care about the team goals. Go through the motions in practice and play with little energy or enthusiasm (empty corpse syndrome). Why is this person on the team? They need to quit! COMMITMENT CONTINUUM ExistentCompliant Compliant-Committed- Compelled
Compelled people find a way to get it done no matter the obstacles, adversities, or distractions that might stand in their way. They prepare, train, and compete at the highest level. They NEVER go through the motions or skip workouts. They take care of their bodies and follow ALL of the team rules. Take advantage of every opportunity to get better. They have high expectations and they hold themselves AND their teammates to a higher standard. Committed people willingly go the extra mile in order to reach their goals. Self-motivated=They dont need someone else to tell them what to do OR watch over their shoulder to make sure they are doing it. They take the initiative to do what is necessary to get the job done. COMMITMENT CONTINUUM CommittedCompelled (only 5%) Compliant-Committed-Compelled
6. In which category would you presently rate yourself? Why? 7. Where do you think your teammates would rate you? Why? 8. Where do you think your coach would rate you? Why? 9. Where do you want to be? How will you get there? Obsessed people get so consumed with achieving goals that they lose their perspective. No balance in their lives. Pursue goals at all costs even if it means being unethical (Cheating, etc) They are highly committed but they lack the perspective and the people skills to be respected leaders. There is a fine line between being compelled and obsessed. COMMITMENT CONTINUUM ObsessedAssignment
COMMITMENT CONTINUUM Its important to know where on the commitment continuum your coaches and teammates rate you. If they havent rated you at least at the committed level, you will have a hard time gaining their respect. Still, you get to choose what level you would like to commit yourself. PROBLEM: Resistants are team leaders too---negative team leaders. They persuade others to resist doing whats expected or doing things the right way. Resistants are just as influential on a team as positive leadersmaybe even more influential.
WORK HARD Hard work is a by-product of commitment. When you commit yourself to achieving a specific goal, you realize you will need to put in a lot of blood, sweat, and tears to turn your dreams into a reality. Because you are committed, you wont need someone else to tell you what to do. You are SELF-MOTIVATED to do the work. Commitment is not sacrificeits a long term investment. Most of your teammates will admire your commitment and will be motivated to follow your lead. However, not all of your teammates will raise their commitment level. Some of your teammates, those in the Compliant level and below will attempt to sabotage your commitment efforts by making fun of you or trying to embarrass you.
The second I let down, particularly if Im perceived as the leader of my team or my company, I give others an opening to let down as well. Why not? If the person out front takes a day off or doesnt play hard, why should anyone else? Michael Jordan work hard. Dont be the last to arrive or the first to leave. Dont skip sessions in the weight room. One good rule for a leader is not to expect anything from your teammates that you wouldnt do yourself. Joe Montana HARD WORK
PLAY WITH PASSION AND ENTHUSIASM Great leaders also display tremendous passion and enthusiasm. As a leader by Example, it will be your job to bring your energy to the team. Let your love for the sport be displayed and be contagious with your teammates. Come to practice with a smile on your face and ready to work hard. Enjoy the challenges that practices offer and make them fun for yourself, your teammates, and your coaches. Practice is work but you can make it fun by challenging yourself and your teammates to have fun with it. (Dont mistake fun for goofing off) When the energy level is down on your team, it will be up to you to get it cranked back up again. Be sure your enthusiasm is contagious (Remember: Your lack of enthusiasm is also contagious).
COMPETITIVENESS---INSTILL YOUR WILL http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2os-hfXSUlA (1997 NBA Final Game 5 Food Poisoning) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2os-hfXSUlA Jordan put the Bulls on his back and led his team to victory by scoring 38 points in 44 minutes, including the game winning three pointer in the closing seconds. Ive never seen Michael as sick as he was, to the point where I didnt think he was going to be able to put his uniform on. The effort he came out and showed us was incredible. Hes not only the greatest player ever, but hes the greatest leader ever. Scottie Pippen, Jordans teammate
COMPETITIVENESS---INSTILL YOUR WILL You will need to have a strong competitive will as a leader. Why would you invest so much of yourself and put in all the work if winning wasnt important to you? Losing is not an option for most leaders. They will their team to victory. Refuse to lose mentality. Lead, follow, or get out of the way attitude. Its your job to instill your will in your teammates. You must make every effort to get your teammates on board, but you also must be willing to do it alone if necessary from time to time. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Fttt3fFTxk (Hoosiers: 1954 State Championship Game) Ill make it! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Fttt3fFTxk
You can take the best team and the worst team and line them up and you would find very little physical difference. You would find an emotional difference. The winning team has dedication. It will have a core group of veteran players who set the standards. They will not accept defeat. Merlin Olson, Utah State and L.A. Rams On most clubs, the leaders are the veteran guys. The young guys are too busy worrying about their stats, establishing their careers, playing for that next big contract. They have priorities other than winning. You want your leaders to be someone whos all about winning. Jeff Bagwell, Houston Astros COMPETITIVENESS---INSTILL YOUR WILL
ASSIGNMENT 10. List 3-5 major points or insights you gained today. 11.What motivates/drives you? 12.How important is success for you? 13.How do you handle it when others dont seem as committed as you? 14.What can you do as a leader to help your teammates become more committed? 15.What specifically do you need to do to either be Committed or Compelled?