Leaders take charge; remain positive, are encouraging, aggressive and decisive.
–Bret Johnson, Camp Quarterback
Not everyone follows American football, but for those that do, do you equate the quarterback with being the team leader?
The quarterback doesn’t obtain team wins alone, but they certainly take charge, make tough decisions, exude confidence, are skilled, knowledgeable, and inspire the team.
Yes, quarterbacks are leaders. They are commanding in the huddle, strive to be role models for team members and fans alike; they promote strong work ethics, prepare for each game by studying their opponents plays, continually develop and hone their skills, and learn how to best relate to their teammates as a team, and as individuals.
They earn the respect of the coaches, players, and broadcasters, tend to have an innate ability to lead the team down the field, and generally maintain the “we can do it” attitude regardless of the score.
Think of the some of the most winning quarterbacks – Warren Moon, Joe Montana, Dan Marino, John Elway, Peyton Manning, and Brett Favre. Every play in every quarter is played with passion and a goal – to score!
They get results by enabling teammates. Granted not all quarterbacks call the plays, but they do sometimes have to resort to “plan b”. The quarterback must play consistently and be a visionary as well as a strategist. They must be controlled, play with courage, communicate clearly, provide feedback, and at times take risks.
Successful quarterbacks are strong leaders. Enjoy the football season and decide who you think the strongest leader on the field is!
The leader can never close the gap between himself and the group. If he does, he is no longer what he must be. He must walk a tightrope between the consent he must win and the control he must exert.