Good lead­ers win at all costs


Kalgoorlie Miner - - OPINION - Roger McDon­ald

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 rogerm­c­don­

Pic­ture: Jonathan Daniel/ALL­SPORT

Michael Jor­dan led his team to vic­tory.

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