Good leadership consists of showing average people how to do the work of superior people. -John D. Rockefeller
I am by no means a football expert — nor am I really qualified to be blogging about the stats of last night’s NFC East Championship game between the Dallas Cowboys and the Washington Redskins — but I come from a family that bleeds burgundy and gold. The Redskins have been an integral part of my childhood, and well, my life. My grandparents lived in D.C., my dad was born in the city itself, my uncle played in the ‘Skins marching band, and my other uncle tailgates all home games in a pimped out, Redskin-colored party RV. Add to that the die-hard fan status of both my brother and my fiancé, and you’ll understand why I am ecstatic about our victory on the field last night.
Starting the season off at 3-6, we weren’t a team that anyone expected to make the play-offs. We hadn’t been what you really call a “winning team,” and our last play-off appearance was in 1999. Led by our rookies, it was difficult to know how we would do under pressure as the season progressed, but slowly and surely we racked up win after win. And as the wins piled upon each other, a new sense of team confidence was built; average people were transformed into superior champions.
Great leadership changes everything, and watching the practically tangible leadership of rookie Robert Griffin III is proof of the difference that just one person can make. Never underestimate the power of your small decisions, your consistency of character and your example, for you may be inspiring more people than you could possibly imagine. One person can make a difference, one person can inspire and awaken greatness in others, and that is just what RGIII has done for the city of Washington D.C.
Hail to the Redskins!
Go be the leader that YOU are meant to be!