Last weekend’s finish to the Cowboys vs. Redskins game pretty much summed up their season. The Skins were up by 6 points with just over a minute to play when Tony Romo threw a 10-yard touchdown pass on fourth and goal, as the Cowboys squeaked by with a one-point victory. After being crowned division champions last year, the team and its fans had high expectations coming into this season. However, injuries and bad play on the field along with drama in the locker room, have led to their worst season since 1994. However, not all is lost this year. Below are a few leadership lessons to be learned from this disappointing season.
- Cultural fit is important! Over the course of the season, many reports have indicated that the relationship between quarterback Robert Griffin III and head coach Mike Shanahan has been less than perfect. Both parties have taken their shots at one another over the course of the season, and as a result, have caused extra noise and distraction within the locker room. When hiring, it is important to consider how a potential employee will mesh with the team, otherwise a bad cultural fit can be devastating to an organization’s work environment.
- There is no “I” in team. After an incredible rookie season by Griffin last year, many thought this year would bring another playoff appearance and the possibility of a Superbowl. However, the Redskins put all of their stock in one player. This season proved two things: it takes more than one player to be successful, and a team is only as good as its weakest link. In business, the most successful teams are those in which responsibilities are equally spread rather than relying on one power player.
- Take care of your best talent. By now, most of us are aware of Mike Shanahan’s decision to leave Griffin in last year’s playoff game against the Seahawks despite obvious signs of injury. As a result, Griffin had to undergo reconstructive knee surgery during the off-season. Much like in sports, talent in business is crucial for the success of an organization. Top talent can be hard to come by, so when you do find it, treat it like an asset!