6 Things Leaders Can Learn From The World Cup


1. True fans will follow you everywhere.

I was watching the #ivorycoastvsjapan match and was amazed at how coordinated the fans were. They had a choreographed dance, shakers and costuming. This is an important game for the country. People knew that their “Elephants” needed their energy, so they came. The Ivory Coast did not disappoint.

Are you encouraging your fans to come along on the ride with you? Nothing great happens alone.

2. People love the story of an underdog.

Yep, Ghana lost. But the journey to the World Cup for them was epic, especially because the odds were against them. As some point in your followers’ lives, they are going to face David-vs-Goliath odds. It’s how you approach those odds- knowing that the outcome doesn’t define you– that really makes you a hero.


3. Injuries are not a weakness.

When you get in the game, you may get hurt. That’s just part of the sport of life. But when people see you hurt and still willing to play, they support you in your vulnerability.

“One player is not a team,” as Cristiano Ronaldo says.

4. Use the method that works for you to get to the top.

It’s your vision. It’s your glory at stake. You don’t have to explain yourself to anyone. If you can truthfully justify the means to your end, in integrity with what you say you’re here to accomplish, then get to work.


5. Know that you can have anything you want when you ask.

These World Cup teams are bringing prestige and notoriety to the hotels they stay in. That can’t be bought… or can it?

Knowing your value and setting your own standards takes leadership, so you better get to it before someone else does it for you.


6. Have an escape plan if things don’t work out.

Leadership seems like a great position until things go wrong. When you’re out in front, you make a good target. Unlike this man, take good enough care of yourself to be protected from any fallout. Maybe learn how to turn the story around?



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