It is widely acknowledged that the best two footballers on the planet at this time are Cristiano Ronaldo of Portugal and Lionel Messi of Argentina. Both players however, were forced to bow out of the recent World Cup on the same day and relatively early for their level of talent for a very simple reason…
…The rest of their team were not up to the task of winning football matches at the highest level.
And even they (Ronaldo and Messi) were powerless on their own to avoid defeat.
This fact served as a poignant reminder to me that in the world of team sport, as in so much of life, you cannot get very far on your own. Some people would vehemently dispute this and point to all their solo achievements but I beg to differ.
Study all the great teams in any sport but especially football, and you will see extremely high levels of commitment of course but also some other things that all the best managers, coaches and leaders demand of their teams…
Honesty – a willingness to be vulnerable and thereby build…
Trust – a total interdependency on one another.
Courage – being willing to go the extra mile for the team and always be looking to encourage – put courage into – each other at every opportunity.
Respect – that goes both ways between all involved parties.
Selflessness – a true conviction that what is best for the team is more important than what is best for you alone.
So how does this translate into everyday life – regardless of whether you think you are in a team or not?
Decide today to be a team player.
What does that look like exactly – especially if you live and work alone?
There is always someone you can interact with, someone to learn from or be a role model to – you just have to open your eyes and be willing to engage.