TBH I don’t know much about the Kansas City Chiefs other than that my brother-in-law Russ is a big fan. He’s originally from Iowa, which to the best of my geographic knowledge is nowhere near Kansas, so I don’t understand his attraction to the team.
After watching the Chiefs play this weekend, I get it. They made a historic comeback against the Houston Texans. The Kansas City Chiefs is the first football team to win a playoff game by 20 points after previously trailing by 20 points.
The first quarter or so was brutal for the Chiefs. They were plagued by mistakes and bad plays and things looked bleak, as far as the team’s hopes of going to the Super Bowl. The Chiefs rebounded and scored seven touchdowns on seven consecutive drives and won the game.
I’m not a sports writer, so my interest is in a side story. The quarterback for the Chiefs, 24-year-old Patrick Mahomes, gave the team a master class in leadership and motivation. When asked how he turned things around so dramatically, Mahomes said, “The biggest thing that I think I was preaching to the team was, ‘Let’s go do something special.'” He continued, “Everybody’s already counting us out. Let’s just go play-by-play and just put our best effort out there…play-by-play we just chipped away at that lead.” Mahomes repeated his mantra, “One play at a time.”
For a young man under a lot of pressure, he showed maturity, empathy and leadership far beyond his years. It’s a great message and lesson for everyone. This transcends far beyond sports.
At work, you want a manager who is encouraging, believes in her team and pushes the team onward without yelling, screaming, throwing things or making people feel badly about themselves. Mahomes, like great leaders, had faith in his team, which in turn made them achieve the greatness they would not have otherwise believed possible.
This is a great lesson to be shared in your company, whether or not you are a Chiefs or sports fan, as it demonstrates that if you believe in your staff and empower them, they could also achieve greatness.