Ten Leadership Lessons from Tim Tebow in Ten Minutes

There is no doubt that Tim Tebow makes things happen.  Love him or hate him... you have to respect the job he has done over the last eight weeks.  As I watched this ten minute video of Tebow "mic'd up" in last weeks game against the Bears, I saw a true leader.

I have seen and worked with some amazing business leaders in my career.  But leadership skills are, to some degree, inherent.  Tebow was gifted with these skills.  I have summarized them from my perspective below the video.  Well worth the ten minutes!

1) Believe in what you believe:  Tebow obviously has a very strong faith in God.  It is woven into the fabric of who he is.  Leaders stand firm in their convictions.  They believe and stand on principle.

2) Believe in your team:  No one can succeed alone.  Business is about teamwork and it takes everyone playing at their highest level to succeed. ("Stick together, all 60 minutes.")  There is but one team, yours.

3) Be optimistic:  There is a difference between optimisim and blind optimism.  But as one player said, "We've been here before"... they had and they will be again.  Success breeds optimisim.

4) Trust in yourself:  If you are in a leadership position it is because you are a leader.  So lead!  

5) Talk:  Talking inspires confidence.  Talk to your team, , talk to your customers, talk to your competitors ("What up Lance Briggs!")  Your willingness to talk about everything from the play to the weather opens you up and draws others to follow.

6) Work hard:  Leaders are watched... constantly.  Take the hit, get back to work. ("He's hurting more than I am!")  Hard work overcomes most obstacles.  Get after it.

7) Listen:  Take feedback from those around you.  In the business world that means employees, partners, vendors, customers, boards, investors or your peer group.  Listen and learn.

8) Encourage:  Everyone will drop a pass now and then.  Pick them up, dust them off and encourage them.  ("You're about to go catch the game winner!")  Discouraged employees (as with discouraged teammates) don't make big plays.

9) Be kind:  Often overlooked, but important.  People remember how you make them feel far more often that what you say.  Kindness is more than words, it is remembering ("I remember, absolutley!). It's also caring and questioning.  Take time to be kind... it's the right thing to do.

10) Accept the outcome... before it happens:  Success doesn't come every day, every week or even every year.  As a leader we are tasked with guiding our organizations through the good and bad.  You are where you are, if you are not where you want to be, do something about it.