Nothing significant is ever accomplished alone. Healthy relationships are the bricks & mortar; steel & glass, of good leadership. And when the raw materials are glued together by good leaders who work together with good intentions…great things are possible!
Four years ago, I sent an email to Kevin Warren, then chief legal counsel of the Minnesota Vikings, asking if he would be a speaker at the Good Leadership Breakfast. My friend, Cathy Paper, encouraged me to aim higher with the caliber of speakers…and Kevin was at the peak of my aspirations.
Last week, a team of coaches, interns and staff from Good Leadership toured U.S. Bank Stadium – the home of the Minnesota Vikings – as the guest of Kevin Warren and his Vikings’ colleagues. Our tour guide was J.P. Paul – a charming, handsome leader whose enthusiasm was contagious. After touring more than a thousand groups for more than a year, his enthusiasm was still electric.
Out with the old, in with the new
The Hubert Humphrey Metrodome served its purpose as the center of the pinwheel in Minnesota sports: The Twins won two World Series, and we hosted a Super Bowl and the Final Four. And its protection from winter allowed the Minnesota State High School League to build the Prep Bowl, which crowned high school football champions indoors on Mall of America Field. Personally, I was only sad to see the old dome go because 15 years ago my son Ben won a Lego building contest called The Great Create on the Astroturf when he was 11 years old. But he’s long since passed through the Lego stage, and the Vikings are building the model franchise in the NFL.
As coaches, we are only as good as the talent and intentions of our clients. Our role is to challenge and encourage leaders to work together better to produce at-peak possibilities; both at home and at work. With the Vikings, every move in the organization is scrutinized through the legislature, City Hall, and in the media. We are helping build the future by holding the Vikings leadership at their growing edge – it’s that perfect mix of relational and structural leadership that creates the strongest bond. Relational: the people around the table have to learn to care about each other both personally and professionally, and Structural: because they care…they build the plans and solve the most difficult problems together.
What are you building?
Good leaders resist the temptation to build things alone. And they invest in the lives of the people important to their success to make great things possible.
Please share with me: What are you building?