Great teams always have great leaders. It's clear that both the Steelers and the Cardinals possessed great leadership this season. We all know about their quarterbacks and their coaches, but I never knew about their owners--specifically Dan Rooney of the Steelers. While most owners are somewhat stand-offish, Rooney is hands-on. According to this article, he flies on the team charter, eats lunch with his players, and knows them each by name. He was recently quoted saying:
"We don’t care who gets the credit, and all we want to do is win. It’s very important that a team come together, that they develop respect for each other — you can call it love."
Wow. We can learn a lot about leadership from this man. It made me think of a book I just finished called, Tribes, by Seth Godin. Though it's a secular book, there are many golden nuggets for those seeking to lead their communities to "win" and succeed as a team. Godin says,
The first thing a leader can focus on is the act of tightening a tribe.
Great leaders connect people together to form a close community. Indeed, when a leader cares about it's community and the community cares for one another, great things can happen. I think the Pittsburgh Steelers would agree.