The Perfect Leader

Leadership Excellence Trust

In the history of major league baseball there have only been 21 “perfect games”.

A perfect game in baseball is a game in which the pitcher does not allow any of the opposing players to reach base. The pitcher pitches the entire nine innings and only faces 27 batters.

I have been reading the chronology of perfect games in major league baseball.  One of the first perfect games was pitched by an alumnus of the college I attended.

When people talk about perfect games their focus is always on the pitcher, the leader. But, perfect games don’t happen without outstanding performances by the entire team. For the game to be “perfect” there can be no mistakes by the players in the field.  Most perfect games also include amazing performances by players other than the pitcher.

In business, politics and most other walks of life, organizations search for perfect leaders.

Organizations identify the characteristics of perfect leaders, and compile lists of the most outstanding leaders in history.

Unfortunately, in business and politics, we don’t have finite statistics to measure leadership. Unlike baseball, a leader’s success or failure is measured over months or years as opposed to the three hours it takes to pitch nine innings. But the perfect leader and the player who pitches a perfect game do have one thing in common. Their success is dependent upon the performance of their supporting cast.

Errors can destroy a perfect game in baseball.  In the same way, mistakes made by members of their team can destroy the legacy of business leaders.

A baseball pitcher has little or no input into who his teammates are.  Business and political leaders are given the opportunity to hand pick the members of their team.

Through the challenges they overcome, both the business leader and the baseball pitcher have the ability to inspire and give confidence to their teams. They can earn respect through their behavior, build momentum through consistent performance, and motivate their teams by recognizing their contributions. Most importantly, leaders and pitchers can help their teams believe in the reality of the goals they are pursuing.

What kind of leader are you?

  • Do you instill confidence?

  • Do you acknowledge the contributions of those on your team?

  • Do you behave in a consistent manner?

  • Do you help the members of your team believe in the vision you have helped create?

  • What do you want your legacy to be?

 

In my book, “A Garage Full of Ferraris”, I highlight the characteristics of 15 men and women who have experienced success as leaders of their respective organizations.  Their stories are inspiring.

The Softer Side of Leadership

Leadership Excellence Trust

My Rotary club was trying to come up with a statement to describe our club.  In the process, someone suggested the phrase: “A Group of Community Leaders”.  I was shocked to hear the negative comments uttered from some of our members regarding the use of the term “leaders”.

The Type A Leader

It seems that some people believe leaders are people who get things done by pushing other people.  Some perceive leaders as bullies.  They believe that many leaders are arrogant and heartless.

It took a lot of convincing to get our entire club to agree to refer to ourselves as leaders.

Unfortunately, there are people who believe that to be a leader you need to have a type A personality, and be ruthless.

A Different Perspective

Those of us who study leadership know that there is a softer side to leadership.  In fact, many of the more successful leaders are recognized primarily for their humility.

 

Other words used to describe many successful leaders include: relatable, honest, approachable and trustworthy.

 

Exceptional leaders possess emotional intelligence.  You must have empathy to be emotionally intelligent.

 

Do You have Leadership Potential?

So, if you believe you cannot be a successful leader because you are not tough enough, think again.  You may possess exactly the qualities that are needed to be a leader in your chosen profession.

 

If you want to know more about your leadership style, send me an email at info@truleadership.com.  Put “leadership” in the subject line.  I will send you a link to a questionnaire that will provide you with an accurate leadership profile, free of charge.

If you want to read about examples of good leadership, get a copy of my book “A Garage Full of Ferraris: How to unleash the potential in your high-performance team to drive extraordinary results”.