Examples of leadership
Professional athletes aren’t always perfect examples or role models, but we can pick and study athletes and their positive qualities to learn and grow. Two excellent leaders in the NBA to discuss are Tim Duncan and Steph Curry, and to consider their leadership and how they make those around them feel, perform, and belong.
Tim Duncan was the ultimate teammate: a great player (15 time All-Star) who knew the team was bigger than himself (Popovich would say he had gotten over himself). Duncan showed another level of discipline and consistency: in 19 years with the Spurs, he never showed up late to a workout, a meal, the bus (Think about that for a second). The selflessness, consistency, and leading by example that Duncan lived everyday set the tone for the Spurs and their family culture.
Steph Curry, one of the best and most innovative players in the league, is known as a genuine and caring teammate. He has even been called “short Tim Duncan”. Although he is known for his arrogance on the court, those close to him talk about his humility and his concern for others in the locker room, community, and even around the world. The combination of extreme confidence in ones self and great outward leadership and care is an impressive combination!
Both players leave crumbs we can take and apply to our crafts. They show us where we can be better at what we do, with ourselves and with others each day. Get over yourself. Be extremely consistent in how you show up. Set the expectation. Be genuine. Care. Believe fully in yourself yet remain humble.
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