Jeremy Lin is everywhere. It must be pretty amazing to be him. Sinking game winning shots, scoring 20+ points a night, making incredible passes, and making NBA All Stars look like they are playing on a Junior Varsity basketball team. As a Knicks fan, I am thrilled that Jeremy Lin has surfaced. As a sports fan, I am baffled as to how so many teams let this guy slip through the cracks. It’s still to be seen if Jeremy Lin is just a fad and how he will play when the rest of the team is back, but my New York roots are hoping he is here to stay.
The case of Jeremy Lin and LINsanity has brought up a lot of interesting questions. How do you identify talent? How do you give someone the chance they need? How do your stars handle the new kid on the block? I am really fascinated about how the team will respond when everyone is healthy. My gut tells me that Jeremy Lin is going to adapt just fine when the stars come back, and the Knicks are going to keep rolling. Lin brings a lot of positive energy to the team, and positive energy is contagious. He has a great perspective on his new found fame, and I love how he handles himself in the press. He always admits he has areas he can improve and is a great team player. I’ve got a good feeling that Carmelo and Amare will pick up on Lin’s leadership, and the team will keep winning.
So here are 10 quick lessons we can learn from Jeremy Lin:
- Talent is everywhere and sometimes in places you least expect
- Believe in everyone on your staff, take a shot on them when you need someone to step up
- If you get really famous really quick, people do linsane things with your name
- I am having an incredible sports year so far (Giants, Syracuse, Knicks)
- Good leadership is contagious
- Hard-work is contagious
- Admitting failure and what you need to improve on is a sign of an invested leader
- Natural leaders shine in adversity
- Cream rises to the top, even quicker with a good attitude – good performers get noted and awarded, but a great attitude is an important part of the equation
- Commitment to the team is critical – commit to grow and learn from mistakes, help your team reach your mission
There are so many great lessons of leadership from Jeremy Lin – what are some lessons you have seen?