Super Bowl XLVIII: Your 2014 Playbook

3 Leadership Lessons From A Rockstar Football Player


Super Bowl XLVII is around the corner. Broncos and Seahawks fans alike are planning parties, travel, and what to wear to the big game.  It’s great to take a look back at the Seattle Seahawks and their performance in both the regular and post-season thus far.

After careful analysis of the entire season and of what has been published throughout the year, I am more and more impressed by Russell Wilson and his presence both on and off the field.  The maturity, responsibility, and opportunity he has as a second-year quarterback is something I have never seen. When I think about Mr. Wilson, a few words come to mind: philanthropist, humble – always wanting to improve or analyze what he needs to work on, goes above and beyond his job description – and leader.

Here’s what else comes to mind:

  • While we know what Mr. Wilson’s image/presence will do for his career, what about you and your image at work?
  • What will your presence at work achieve for you in the New Year?
  • Do you need to increase the reach of your presence, fix your image a little, or perhaps change any misperceptions?

Perhaps if we consider Mr. Wilson, we can figure out what changes we can make, or take a few cues from his example:

Humility – Even if you have been in your industry for decades, or at your company, or on the same team for some time, there is ample opportunity to take a new look at how you do things:

Can you streamline anything in the processes you use? Having the right attitude and willingness to improve, or better yet take on new work or problem-solving, you can mix things up. Potentially, you might save time, money, and be a part of change.

Russell seems like an introspective person.  I hear him talking about how he wants to improve, how he studied tapes, and I believe he takes the things he learns and applies them almost immediately or in real time. Someone of his ability and performance level can easily revert to the “I have this covered” attitude, yet Russell fine-tunes every single game. You have to love his attitude.

Going above and beyond – I have written about this before, but it never gets old.  Russell makes his own plays happen. If things don’t look right – heck, he’ll make that first down happen himself – watching him run the ball on his own is admirable.  You see the rest of the team catching on.  Who can forget the Steven Hauschka hit he took earlier in the season? If you create an environment or communicate that you will do whatever it takes to get the job done, help your team attain their goal – it’s almost contagious. Except for if you’re the kicker at work – please know your limitations. ;  )

Leadership – Russell is wise to remember no matter where he is and no matter what he does, he represents Seattle Seahawks football, even in the endorsements he takes on.  I wish I was privy to what goes on behind the scenes so I could see how Russell has the natural respect of his teammates. Do you exude natural leadership or represent your best self when you are at work?

We all can learn a lot from Mr. Wilson. From all of us at @MicrosoftCareers – Go HAWKS!

#12Man #BingHawks #GoHawks


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