The book "Legacy" by James Kerr covers lessons in leadership that can be learnt from the game of ruby. The book discusses how the All Blacks achieved greatness and applies some of these lessons to the world of business to help make us into better business leaders.
Today, I am covering the first lesson from the book.
Lesson 1: Sweep the Sheds
The All Blacks had complete commitment to their team and colleagues and followed a mentality that no job was too little for any of them. They put their egos aside and were prepared to do any job that would help make things better. As such, it was not unusual to see one of the top All Blacks players sweeping the shed where players had been changing for a game. They were not arrogant enough to think they were too big to do such menial tasks. If something needed to be done - they did it. Sometimes this happened during international games. Fans were still watching the replays of the terrific play but unknown to everyone, one of these mighty players, was sweeping the floor.
It's an example of personal discipline. It's not expecting someone else to do your job for you. If you have personal discipline in your life then you are going to be more disciplined on the field.
Andre Mehrterns (former All Blacks fly-half)
Consider what this means for you in the work environment with your team. Are you prepared to roll your sleeves up? Do you lead by example?
Lesson 1 is about having character. And character is based on having humility. Leaving your egos behind. To build a successful team, leaders need to concentrate on building the character and the culture of the team.
Collective character is vital to success. Focus on getting the culture right; the results will follow
We can see how leaders can use this principle to build excellence. Never be too big to do the little things. Take care of yourself because you shouldn't assume that someone else will.
The English work Character comes from the Greek work Kharakter, which is the mark left on a coin during its manufacturer. What mark do you leave on life?
Be more concerned with character rather than your reputation, because your character is what you really are, while your reputation is merely what others think you are.
Is the foundation of excellence having a good character that is based on humility?