You can fill your roster with talent from top to bottom, but without the right leadership in place, you’ll squander opportunities to reach your full potential. Whether you’re trying to win the biggest game of the year or raise your organization to new heights, leadership matters. Do you have the right leaders to get you there?
The Kansas City Chiefs were one of the darlings of the early National Football League. They fell to the Green Bay Packers in the 1st big game in 1966 and won it three years later in 1970. Between 1971 and 2018, the Chiefs made the playoffs 17 times, but never advanced to claim the ultimate prize.
Their first injection of elite leadership came in 2013 when Andy Reid took over as head coach of the organization. After qualifying for the playoffs in his first year and falling just short in his second, Reid has led the Chiefs to six consecutive playoff appearances.
The second wave of leadership talent arrived in 2017 when the Chiefs drafted Patrick Mahomes from Texas Tech University. Mahomes was the field general the organization needed. Kansas City had built an elite roster, but without the right leader under center, they repeatedly fell short.
Mahomes brought an uncanny ability to create something out of nothing and immediately made everyone around him better. He brought out the best in his teammates and after leading them to consecutive playoff appearances, they captured their first championship in 50 years after the 2019 season. Not surprisingly, Mahomes won MVP of the game.
It truly is a testament to the fact that leadership matters. Differential leadership can have an immediate and lasting impact on an organization. The Chiefs enjoyed immense success at the league’s inception, but couldn’t get over the hump over the next 50 years. Insert Patrick Mahomes (and Andy Reid) and the organization looks like a mainstay among the league’s elite for years to come.
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