Football Leadership Analogy
During a conversation I had a couple of weeks ago with a former boss where I interned at while in college he came up with a very interesting leadership analogy using football.
Most of the time we think a leader should be like the quarterback, but he said that a leader should be more like the offensive line. The quarterback calls the plays and gets the attention, while the offensive linemen are the ones who create the holes for the running back or a pocket for the quarterback’s protetion, and they get the least amount of attention. The offensive linemen are the ones who show the other players the way to success as a leaders job is to show his followers the way to success and protect them from getting hit.
How many times do leaders feel that by telling where to go is enough for success and then if there is success take all the credit? Leaders need to be in the trenches and pave the way for success for the players behind them and ultimately for the whole team.