Quarterbacks often bear the brunt of losses and receive the most glory from wins. In interview after interview, Tebow continues to give credit to his team, spotlighting their efforts over his own. When teammates make a mistake Tebow doesn’t berate them, he encourages them. Take this example from the game against the Chicago Bears. Demaryius Thomas just missed a touchdown catch. Tebow greets him with, “Guess what, you’re about to catch the game winner here in a minute. So you’re good. No big deal. It just makes it closer a little bit longer. You’re about to catch the game winner and then you’ll be the hero of the game.”
As leaders in our businesses we can inspire our team members to do great things for our companies or we can tear them down and leave them operating at far less than they are capable of. Tebow shows us that team inspiration is good for business.
Respect Your Competition
Tebow has a reputation for being friendly, even with the team he is about to try to beat. He compliments opposing players on their plays and greets them with enthusiasm when they meet on the line of scrimmage.
Building relationships with your competitors can lead to opportunities you never would have imagined. Plus when tough business decisions need to be made, your relationship with your rivals can keep the decisions from being personal.
Be Your Business
Love him or hate him, Tim Tebow has gained notoriety for being himself. He makes no apologies for his faith, upbringing, or unconventional quarterback style.
Real success happens is when your business stops trying to fit in and begins to be itself. Stop trying to conform to the norm. Instead, take risks and stand firm in what you have created your business to be. You may catch a lot of flack like Tebow, but you will also gain a lot of wins.
Leadership is never easy, but Tim Tebow shows us it is worth pressing on to be a great leader. Your business can only be as successful as its leadership. Take these lessons from our quarterback and see where your leadership takes your business.