The past few weeks I have had flashbacks to my days of living in Texas. It appears the Dallas Cowboys are once again relevant.
While perhaps we should slow the roll a bit on thinking the Cowboys are back to early 90’s form, the reality is they are playing better.
As a leader I am always interested when an organization can turn things around. In the case of the Cowboys, from my vantage point there is a clue as to how they are doing it. No surprise. It’s leadership.
I picked up the first indicator that something was different a couple of weeks ago when the Cowboys beat the New Orleans Saints 38-17 on Sunday Night Football. The clue was not in the team’s dominance, but rather in quarterback Tony Romo’s post game behavior.
It happened during an interview with NBC’s Michelle Tafoya. As she was set to talk to the star of the game, Demarco Murray, Romo noticed that Murray had his hat on backwards. Without drawing attention to himself, Romo gently reached up and turned Murray’s hat around to face forward. This from a QB who for the past several years has been “Mr. Hat on Backwards,” himself.
While this might not seem like a big deal, it was huge. It served as an indicator of maturity and leadership on Romo’s part.
Now, before you think this is about how a guy wears his hat, let me say I couldn’t care less. I have been known to wear the old ball cap backwards myself.
No, this was about responsibility. This was about recognizing the world was watching. This was about understanding their culture has been flawed.
While I’m not really a Cowboys fan, I am a fan of leadership. It will be interesting to watch the season play out and see if America’s team can rise above mediocrity and become a contender. If I had to guess, I would predict they just might.
Why? Because they have themselves a leader who is giving attention to the ball caps in Big D.
If you want to raise the level of performance on your team, I encourage you identify what the ball caps are in your world and give them some attention. Make sure everyone is held accountable to the details and watch what happens. Like the Cowboys, you will be on your way to a winning season.
Leadership Begins at Home,
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