Whether on the football field or in the world of entrepreneurship, what do effective leaders need to prepare their team for success?
What’s required to excel during high pressure situations? And what’s the best way for a leader to inspire their team?
We went to University of Florida Head Football Coach Dan Mullen and several successful Amway Independent Business Owners (IBOs) for answers to those questions and a few more, asking them to share the wisdom they’ve acquired throughout their careers.
The answers may vary by individual, but they are applicable to competitive sports or business alike. For example, Coach Mullen said the best way to inspire others is to show them you’re willing to work as hard as they are.
Make the sacrifices
“One of the great things leaders can do to inspire those around them is to make sure that they’re making the sacrifices that all the others are making,” Mullen said.
That might mean running with the players, participating in workouts or making sure you’re putting in extra effort right alongside them. In business, it might mean staying late with the team to help on a project or meet a deadline.
“They’re going to follow your lead, and if you’re willing to make those sacrifices, it’s going to inspire them to put in the effort to be successful.”
See the finish line
For Amway IBO Omar Fabel, inspiration comes from having a clear vision.
“The one characteristic that most leaders must possess to create successful teams is their vision,” he said. “Because when they have a very clear vision, they know how to guide their team to success.”
See those responses and answer the questions yourself at USAToday.com thanks to a partnership between Amway, USA TODAY and the American Football Coaches Association.
The partnership represents Amway’s continued commitment to #inspiredcoaching, highlighting the parallels between winning teams in sports and business.
Learn more about Amway Coaches Poll and the Coaches’ Trophy presented by Amway at Amway.com.