I am a NY Giants fan. I say that proudly. Even more because they are the reigning Superbowl champions. However, right now there is bigger news happening in NY other than the Giants or my beloved Yankees. Tim Tebow is now a NY Jet.
Last season, Tebow had a great season. Ok, maybe his numbers do not indicate it but he sure was exciting to watch. Despite all of the media frenzy, the fans, and the ones who did not like him, he did a great job with a not so great team.
This past week the Denver Broncos organization acquired future hall of fame quarterback, Peyton Manning. This move displaced Tebow as the starting quarterback. In my opinion, Tebow handled the move with grace and embraced being traded to a team to be a second-string quarterback.
A lot of people have doubted his ability to lead. I however, have learned from Tim Tebow a couple of things that I consider important to leadership.
- Acknowledge God – The Bible says in the book of Proverbs 3:5-6 “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, And he shall direct your paths.” This particular thing he did in a very public setting. We all know the term that has been coined: Tebowing. He used his position of influence to acknowledge God. Tim Tebow is what Bob Briner would have called a “Roaring Lamb.”
- Value Your Team – After thanking his Savior, which is also mine, Jesus Christ, Tim Tebow would thank his teammates. As leaders, we must value our team. Too often we’re busy trying to blame the weakest link, that instead of creating a positive environment, we create a negative one. Words of encouragement is always the best motivator.
- Play Hard – If there is one thing this former Heisman Trophy winner did was play hard. If no one was open, he ran the ball himself. If you’re a leader, there will be moments when you have to be willing to run the risk of getting hit. Try your best and give it your all!
- Embrace Change – There is a huge difference between Florida, Denver, and New York. Some differences are weather, culture, and obviously location. In a span of just a few years, this young man has had to go through a lot of change. I admire the way he has handled it all. Great leaders embrace change. One thing is certain, change will always be a factor for every leader. It is up to us as leaders to embrace it and make the best of it.
As leaders we must do these things well, in order to be effective. There might be an area which we can improve on; however, in order to identify it we must evaluate how we currently handle ourselves.
Question: What area in your leadership can use a little reinforcement?