I am sure most of you already know I love the Florida Gators. I have been a fan for a long, long time. But very few times will you ever hear me use them as an illustration unless I find a truth that must be shared. So please, if you are not a sports fan, do not stop reading.
In 2006 and 2007, University of Florida’s basketball team won back-to-back national championships. Then beginning in 2008, a freshman by the name of Chandler Parsons came in expecting hype, rings, and all the glory that came along with “winning.” But it didn’t come easy. He said in a recent ESPN interview, “My freshman season was a reality check… We thought we knew everything.” Then he went on to say this, “We got humbled and hardened.”
Here is a leader of a NCAA basketball team that was humbled and hardened in the midst of a journey reaching for greatness.
I am sure that on your journey as a leader, in some form or fashion, you will be humbled and hardened. The question is, are you willing to admit your mistakes along the way as you reach for greatness?
Chandler Parsons coach, Billy Donovan, later said, “I don’t think people understand that just because you’re a year older [doesn’t mean] you’re a year better… Part of growing and getting better is that when you make mistakes and don’t do things right, you address it.”
I would like to challenge you today, to reflect back on your leadership to see where you have made mistakes. Find them, address them, and allow them to humble and harden you while you become a well-rounded leader.