The hardest part of being leader is dealing with the cards you’ve been dealt. Not all leaders are afforded the opportunity to walk into the best situations. Oftentimes, as a leader, you have to create the best situations. And the best leaders are the ones who can see things for what they are, and also see those same things for what they can be.
Leadership is much like coaching sports. The coach (also the leader) has to put together a team based on who comes to tryouts, accepts a scholarship or gets signed by ownership. In order for the team to win, the coach’s main responsibility is to put players in the right position to be successful so that the team can win the game.
Why is it that underdogs defeat the favorites? They are underdogs for a variety of reasons, but mainly because of lack of talent. But what some people see as a lack of talent, the coach (also the leader) sees a certain player’s characteristic that can be turned into a strength to balance out the weaknesses of the team.
“It is the responsibility of leadership to work intelligently with what is given, and not waste time fantasizing about a world of flawless people and perfect choices.”