From The Score Takes Care of Itself by Bill Walsh, storied GM and Head Coach of the San Francisco 49ers:
“The great leaders in sports, business, and life always have the most powerful and positive inner voice talking to them, which they, in turn, share with and teach to their organization. The specifics of that inner voice varies from leader to leader, but I believe all have these four messages in common:
- We can win if we work smart enough and hard enough.
- We can win if we put the good of the group ahead of our own personal interests.
- We can win if we improve. And there’s always room for improvement.
- I know what is required for us to win. I will show you what it is.”
That last bit? About knowing what is required to win? The most elusive quality to find in a leader.