One of the benefits of having two whole weeks off at the holidays is the opportunity to listen to the Troy Aikman weekly call into our local radio station. (side note: what in the world would I have done if I had grownup somewhere other than Dallas??)
He was, of course, talking about the Dallas Cowboys unexpected success this year. (Spike Cook, in case you missed it, the Cowboys are going to the playoffs!) He was asked about the perception, whether correct or incorrect, that Tony Romo, was getting more than his share of the blame for the previous years lack of success. He said, ” Well sure, he’s the quarterback. Anytime there is a weakness of the team, it is revealed through the quarterback, & he’s expected to overcome those weaknesses.”
As the leader (of your building, or of your team), sometimes it can feel like you are the quarterback. If you win, you get the credit, you share the glory. If you lose, you get all of the blame. As a pretty big fan of a quarterback, I know how frustrating it can to have failure attributed squarely on one persons shoulders or feel as if no matter how great YOU play, your success still depends on those around you.
Last Sunday, with a 25-yard touchdown pass in the third quarter, Tony Romo became the Dallas Cowboys‘ all-time leader in passing yards, surpassing Hall of Famer Troy Aikman. Romo is already the franchise leader in touchdown passes. His status among fans is polarizing. You either feel like he is an elite quarterback, tops amongst the NFL’s best. Or you point to the absence of success in big games under Romo as a sign he’s not the answer. At the end of the day it comes back to something bigger. It comes down to the system.
You can be the very best player on your team. You can be the hardest worker. You can be the MVP, but if you aren’t surrounded by a supportive and equally giving team, you still aren’t going to win. You can stay the latest every night, you can give everything you have to the “office”, but without a supportive team, the impact won’t be the same.
Find a team where you are ONE of the really great players. Where everyone gives their all, and each person is responsible for the role that they play. Again, part of the secret is teamwork: no matter how good the individual players are, if they don’t operate as a unit, they won’t win as many games.
What’s true in sports can be true on a campus as well. Successful leaders often have good teams behind them. In fact, in many situations, teams can accomplish what individuals can’t. This is a lesson I’ve learned in the past year. It takes more than one person to make a campus successful, more than one school to make a district successful. It takes a system.
(That being said, I still stand behind Romo.)
Always the QB fan,