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Leading With No Regrets

May 14, 2011

By Michael B. Tatham, President & CEO, The Tatham Group

When I saw Rajon Rondo hit the ground and dislocate his elbow during the NBA playoff matchup with the Miami Heat, I never thought he would have been able to finish the playoffs.  Many argue that professional athletes lack the same heart when they come out of college postulating that the money and fame get to their heads.  This may be the case in some instances. However, as Rondo displayed during the eastern conference semi finals, there are still some athletes who are going over and beyond to lead with no regrets.  It is amazing how contagious determination can be even from the most unexpected places.

After talking with many of my basketball friends that are working in the corporate world an interesting observation surfaced.  There doesn’t seem to be a whole lot of  mid-level leaders willing to put everything on the line for their teams.  Especially when times get tough.  Given the slow recovery of the economy, we as a society need these leaders more than ever.

The last thing I want you to walk away with after reading this blog is that one should blame poor leadership for lack of competitiveness.  The Boston Celtics organization has been successful over the years not just because the coaches, managers and star players are good leaders but because the organization has developed a culture that promotes good leadership.  Poor leadership is often a symptom of a larger cultural issue.

How many Rondo’s does your organization have?  Does the culture produce strong leadership at every level?  When times are tough are people leading with no regrets?

The Boston Celtics may not be advancing to the eastern conference semi finals but they have won in so many other ways.