Having just watched Tom Brady win his 7th Superbowl with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers I think it shows the transformative powers of great leadership and the benefits it can bring to any organization. As I examined the impact that he had on the team, I wanted to share five of the key benefits that hiring the right leader brings.
- They Attract Top Talent
Everyone wants to work for a great leader and when you hire a great leader you’re not just hiring them, you are also putting yourself in a position to attract not only top talent but the best talent. Not one of the players who scored in the Superbowl was playing for Tampa Bay the season before. All of them joined Tampa to play with Tom Brady, one of them, Rob Gronkowski came out of retirement and snagged two touchdowns to help Tampa romp to a 31-9 point victory.
Better talent is always going to help you improve your performance.
- They Immediately Change The Outlook of the Organisation
The season before Brady joined the Buccaneers they had finished with a playing record of 7-9. They’d had a losing season and had missed the playoffs again for the twelfth time in a row. At that end season, the aspirations for the Buccs in 2020/21 would have been to have a winning season and hope to make the playoffs.
Bur with the arrival of Brady that all changed. With this one single signing, their goal became to win the Superbowl. Just having a winning season, or making the playoffs was not enough for Brady, he was looking to win it all, and his ambition became that of the organization for that season.
- They Build Confidence and Belief
Not only did the Buccs change their goal for the season to be Superbowl winners, but they did it with confidence.
The management had confidence in Tom Brady, in his skills, his leadership, and his ability to improve the team. But by him joining the Buccs Brady showed them that he had confidence in the management, the team, the players’ abilities, and that he believed that they could be champions. Confidence is infectious and once it’s unleashed it can have a transformative impact on belief, morale, and ultimately the performance of the team.
- Create a Winning Culture
There is a huge difference between a highly talented team with great skills, and knowing how to win. That’s what separates the good from the great, and the very good from the best.
Great leaders know what it takes to succeed. It’s in their DNA and they also know how to infuse this into an organization, by modeling the right behaviours, setting higher standards, and holding people accountable to be the best that that can be. Often these are small changes that reap huge dividends, they help boost collaboration and cooperation and help the team become greater than the sum of its parts.
- They Deliver the Results
The difference between success and failure is leadership. We might look to make excuses or identify reasons for why things didn’t work out as planned, but the bottom line is always the same. It’s Leadership.
Great leaders find a way to succeed, they will change the approach, they will show resilience to overcome adversity, they inspire others to step up, they will lead the way.
The price of success is good leadership and hiring the right leader is the most important decision an organization can make. They help attract better talent, they improve the talent, and create a culture that will deliver sustainable success, even if the organization has been performing poorly for years.