HIS IN-YOUR-FACE spirituality may turn off some folks. His football passes can be wild and erratic. And his power scrambling surely will shorten his promising career. But Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow boasts those magical qualities and intangibles that every executive and manager wishes he had: Fire and spirit. Courage and credibility. Leadership mojo.
You can measure the visible traits of people all day. You can write performance reviews late into the night. But those assessments exist only on paper, only by the numbers -- and only in your biased and fallible judgment. As critics are discovering with Tebow, their damning reviews mean little, and results mean everything. On Sunday eve, the young pro quarterback led his team to another near-miraculous triumph. Pure and simple, Tebow is a winner, a leader who believes in himself -- and who inspires others. Whether he reaches the Super Bowl or not, he is a man on a mission.
Is the football field any different from the workplace? And are quarterbacks and their teammates much different from executives and their employees? Do your troops trust and believe in you? Will your staff follow you into corporate battle? Are you a coffee-break joke to them, or a real and respected leader? Are you a manager on a mission? Simple questions, big boss. Can you answer them, like the apostle-athlete Tim Tebow?