LeBron – There’s no “I” in Team


It seems like the LeBron James hoopla has died down somewhat, except of course for our friends in Cleveland. But, there's a good leadership point being made within the all the fuss.


I found comments attributed to LeBron James to be interesting. On the one hand, he said, "I have to do what's best for LeBron" and on the other, he said, "I have to do what's best for the team." Interesting.

Wouldn't doing what's best for the team mean perhaps sacrifice and persistence?

Wouldn't doing what's best for the team mean a bit of personal humility?

I'm not a Cavalier's fan, but you'd think that doing what's best for the team would mean staying in Cleveland and working through the issues to make Cleveland a championship city. Wouldn't it?

Jim Collins would think so. The author of the best-selling Good to Great felt that great leaders focused on humility, persistence and the "hedgehog" concept (find what works and keep it going).  This seems to be just the opposite of what happened in Cleveland.

The Good to Great, level-5 leaders are special individuals who don't think about themselves. They are sold out to the vision and mission. They stay with it. They work through the challenges to keep the company or organization going. They don't bolt for the next deal.

It will be interesting to see how the Heat do. Anything short of multiple championships could mean failure and in the wake, another team is left holding the bag without its leader.

I'll still be pulling for the Lakers.


2 Responses to “LeBron – There’s no “I” in Team”

  1. Jim Seybert says:

    There is no “I” in TEAM . . .
    But, as Michael Jordan said, “There is an “I” in WIN.”
    Winning teams most often have one or more players who are VERY good at maximizing their own performance. They know what they do best and they bring their own personal best to the game – sports, business, music, whatever.

  2. Thanks, Jim, and I might add that they dont maximize their own performance over the performance of the team or the ultimate team goals. Even MJ passed the ball when it was the right thing to do. He maximized himself and he maximized others to build a team.
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