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A great leader… when asked to do something extraordinary, is willing to step up to the plate and take on that challenge. – Lynn Swann

So let’s be clear, I did not grow up a Steelers fan per-se.  But who doesn’t recall watching the dynasty that emerged from the mid 70’s to the mid 80’s, or the rivalry that ensued during that era with the Cowboys?

And some of those players are still household names … Terry Bradshaw, Mean Joe Greene, or Franco Harris among them.  But my favorite to watch was always Lynn Swann.

So while hunting for articles to read this morning with respect to leadership, I got an unexpected trip down memory lane with the following article:  Lynn Swann: From On-Field Leadership to a Lifetime of Success

Just a few of the nuggets from the article …

  • A great leader is someone who listens,” he said. “A great leader is someone who can also follow.
  • A great leader is one who takes ownership of the decisions they make.
  • Everybody on the team has to sacrifice a little bit of themselves to make the team function on the same page with the right timing to get the right results.
  • (Leaders) have to be able to analyze and see other people’s talents, understand how to build the best possible team to move it forward, and that’s how you get success.