The Law of Victory: Leaders Find a Way for the Team to Win
But I think that victorious leaders have one thing in common: they share an unwillingness to accept defeat. The alternative to winning is totally unacceptable to them. As a result, they figure out what must be done to achieve victory. p. 179
Winners win. Period. Not because they don’t lose, but because they don’t quit. Good, better, best. Never let it rest. Until your good is better and your better is best.
Crisis seems to bring out the best- and the worst- in leaders because at such times the pressure is intense and the stakes are high. p. 179
We are immediatley immersed in the story of how Prime Minister Winston Churchill saved the democratic world from the onslaught of the Nazi’s by rallying the British people and securing the alliance of Franklin Roosevelt. Victory was the only option.
When the pressure is on, great leaders are at their best. Whatever is inside them comes to the surface. p. 182
The best leaders feel compelled to rise to a challenge and do everythin in their power to achieve victory for their people. In their view…
- Leadership is responsible.
- Losing is unacceptable.
- Passion is unquenchable.
- Creativity is essential.
- Quitting is unthinkable.
- Commitment is unquestionable.
- Victory is inevitable.
We are then taken through the journeys of Nelson Mandela and athletes whose mere presence helped their teams secure the victory.
Three Components of Victory
- Unity of Vision- Teams succeed only when the players have a unified vision, no matter how much talent or potential there is.
- Diversity of Skills- We’re all like parts of the human body. For that body to do its best, it needs all of its parts, each doing its own job.
- A Leader Dedicated to Victory and Raising Players to Their Potential- Unity of vision doesn’t happen spontaneously. The right players with the proper diversity of talent don’t come together on their own. It takes a leader to make those things happen. It takes a leader to provide the motivation, empowerment, and direction required to win. p. 187
Leaders who practice the Law of Victory believe that anything less than success is unacceptable. And they have no Plan B. That is why they keep fighting. And it’s why they continue to win! p. 189
- “It must become personal. Your commitment must be higher than that of your team members. Your passion should be high. Your dedication must be unquestioned.” I believe I’m making great progress towards being at this point! I believe I am pursuing the right vision, in the right organization, and I believe I’m a great leader!
- Considering the nature of business, we can focus on getting more people with different skill sets while also developing the team members we have now. Our skills include coachability, tenacity, discipline, focus, vision, consistency, persistence, personability, courage, attention to detail, competitiveness, diligence, ambition, and empathy.
- I’ll work on assessing the collective views and goals of the team and I’ll distill it into a team mission.