Leadership from Michigan’s Fab Five

by - m on 03/30/2011

My colleague Alejandro Reyes (follow this link to his blog) recently posted about five lessons on leadership we can learn from the University of Michigan basketball’s Fab Five. I love the lessons and it prompted some thoughts.

1. Swagger
Nothing wrong with self-promotion and attitude. It takes confidence to win. As the #1 seeds in this year’s NCAA men’s basketball tournament found out, it also takes the ability to deliver.
2. You might be the enemy
I love this one. As Alejandro says not everyone is going to like you and the more quickly you learn that, the better off you’ll be. I believe it can also be a compass. If you tick-off those who follow the status quo, you may be on the right track.
3. Brotherhood
I call this ‘like-minded people’. The Fab Five had a common goal yes, and they cared for each other. Surround yourself with people who care. 
4. Competition
Call it competition. Call it motivation. If it keeps you going, it’s good.
5. Legacy is bigger than winning
Winning is fun. Winning feels good. 
Teaching life lessons, helping others, sharing what you’ve learned and being a role model is even more enjoyable.
Thanks Alejandro
– m

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