You Gotta Have Heart

Congratulations to the Golden State Warriors for winning the NBA Championship. Count me as one of the lifetime fans who suffered through all the bad seasons. This team had it all, great athletic ability along with selfless play, teamwork, and most of all heart.

“Too slow, too small, can’t shoot well enough, can’t defend nobody. What does he do well? He doesn’t have a skill … I’ve got heart, and that’s what stands out.” – Draymond Green

Of all I read on the aftermath of this victory, the above quote stands out for me. I love the concept of “Having Heart” as an element to address life and its challenges.  Having Heart is one of those, “you-know-it-when-you-see-it” type things. As one focused on expanding leadership in organizations, I learned to recognize the importance of “Having Heart” to address daily challenges and achieving goals.

As I review the thoughts of others on the meaning of “Having Heart”, I see a pattern relating to selflessness and connecting to an energy beyond ourselves. Indeed, leadership research has identified “Encouraging the Heart” as presented through The Leadership Challenge as critical to leadership success.

Yet “Having Heart” is not complete by connecting to others; it is also a deep and honest look at self. This is why Dramond’s quote is so perfect. Indeed he is not the best athlete on the floor. Yet he knows and accepts himself and from that place finds his path to outstanding performance.

“As for the real competition and foe, our toughest competition is our self. When we are willing to accept our shortcomings and see ourselves truthfully, we find resolve to work in balance and our strengths are magnified.” – Eric Stevens

Indeed. This is where the journey of leadership growth starts. Look deep inside and know your strengths and weak areas. From there decide on your path and understand none of us walk that path alone. Indeed, it is the way of the Warrior … or more topical for today, The Way of the Golden State Warriors.

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  1. You bet! Having heart and a genuine sense of team works exceedingly well in all aspects of our lives; family, school, office life, start-ups, you name it. Well said and so happy that a genuinely great group of unselfish guys showed the world what they are made of. Great character, good chemistry, respect and great work ethic. A winning combination in my book!!!

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