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Leadership lessons from the Super Bowl

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Like an outstanding football team, the best leaders stay in the game until the final whistle blows. They keep the possibility of winning alive.

Consider what happened at this year’s Super Bowl between the New York Giants and New England Patriots. The Giants won in the last minute. It would have been so easy for them to give up. But they kept driving forward.

In contrast, the Patriots’ coach, Bill Belichick, walked off the field with one second remaining.

Even with one second left, anything was still possible. The Giants could have fumbled. Or the Patriots could have made a comeback, just as Trinity University did in the final two seconds of its game with the Mississippi Millsaps, completing a pass and 15 laterals to win.

Coach Belichick, though, walked off the field before the whistle blew, sealing his fate and sending a terrible message.

—Adapted from “Four Leadership Lessons from the Super Bowl,” Michael S. Hyatt, www.michaelhyatt.com.

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