It’s okay to have personal ambitions, but you have to take someone with you.
– Roger Staubach
Here is a short video (less than 3 minutes) featuring Roger Staubach on leadership.
Now, let’s engage our guest, Hall of Fame Dallas Cowboy Quarterback, Roger Staubach; here are a few lines from the story …
“We need a catcher; be the best catcher you can be.”
What do you see as the life lesson behind his Dad’s advice?
“I want somebody, as the quarterback, that the other players will follow.”
As a senior in high school his coach switched him to quarterback. How does a quarterback model leadership for you?
“I told them I was going to cut up the trophy in 45 pieces…I still get letters from our guys saying when am I going to get my piece of the Heisman?”
As a leader, how do you give credit – a piece of the Heisman – to others?
“Adversity reveals genius, and prosperity conceals it.”
What is the key to being a genius?
“As the Dallas Cowboys in ‘71 we were finger pointing and had big problems…; in the middle of the year we began thinking about what was the bigger goal – personal agenda became secondary; we won 10 straight games and won the Super Bowl.”
How does this part of the story relate to your experience in the workplace with a team, your team?
“…I think that formula of having an owner that allowed them (Head Coach, Business Manager, and Head of Scouting) to do their job, allowed for 20 years of winning … that will never happen again.”
Are you allowed to do your job? If so, count your blessings. If not, how might you address that?
What’s your main take away? Please share your comments below.