Good leaders win at all costs
If you are an effective leader, victory is the only option. Victory means everything. Winston Churchill said it best: “What is our aim? “I can answer in one word: victory — victory at all costs, victory in spite of all terror, victory, however long and hard the road may be — for without victory, there is no survival.”
What if he had said, “It looks tough. The Germans are everywhere.”?
The people of Britain would have given up.
Getting the outcomes you seek is more or less the role of a leader.
One can make gigantic strides towards being an effective leader simply by having the mindset of never giving up and being dedicated to winning, no matter what the external pressures are.
One can learn a lot about leadership from famous sporting celebrities.
Michael Jordan is one such person.
In Chicago Bulls basketball practice sessions, the coach divided the top players into a white and a red team.
The white team was the normal starting five.
Usually the white team won and Jordan was on that team.
When he switched to the red team they started winning.
Such was Jordan’s commitment to winning he led his whole team to victory. Jordan had a win-at-all-costs mentality.
He played one of the finals of the NBA championship with the flu and collapsed on the court at the end — such was his desire to bring his team to victory.
Can you choose to be a leader simply by committing to winning at all costs?
Southwest Airlines President Colleen Barrett says: “The warrior mentality, the fight to survive is truly what created our culture.”
Southwest Airlines is the no.1 domestic airline in the US.
Anything less than success is unacceptable — there is no Plan B.
George Washington instructed his men to burn the boats as they crossed the river in the final battle with the English.
There was no turning back and they won because the men fought with such resolve because they knew there was no retreat.
Hollywood makes films about men and women committed to victory at all costs.
Is there something in which you want to lead people and are you prepared to win at all costs?
If you are prepared to have victory at all costs, you are a great leader.
If you commit to your cause 100 per cent then you will have victory. Roger McDonald is a Leadership Strategist. More articles can be found at rogermcdonald.com.au
Michael Jordan led his team to victory.