Nobody except die-hard, quasi-delusional fans actually expected the Philadelphia Eagles to defeat the New England Patriots in the Super Bowl, but they did. Super Bowl MVP Nick Foles is credited with a substantial part of the victory, in spite of being a backup quarterback who replaced starting quarterback Carson Wentz after an injury. In an article at Inc., Justin Bariso extracts a lesson in leadership from Foles.
Patriotism in Retreat
When Foles had has interview for being MVP, he confessed that he had almost give up football a couple years ago. (How glamorous and satisfying is the life of a football player who never gets to play football?) He spoke with sincerity about how things really were, but then he segued into what had made the Super Bowl a winnable game for him:
“I think the big thing that helped me was knowing that I didn’t have to be Superman. I have amazing teammates, amazing coaches around me. And all I had to do was just go play as hard as I could, and play for one another, and play for those guys.”
The thing is, Foles did play like Superman. … Foles even became the first player ever to both throw and receive a touchdown pass in the Super Bowl, when he completed a play that looked remarkably similar to one Brady and the Patriots failed to execute just a few minutes earlier.
From this, Bariso derives pertinent leadership insights. One of them is to remember to just do your job without fuss, because people are counting on you. Another is to remember to trust your team to do their jobs too, and to make it clear to them that such trust is present. When they know they have your trust, they will want to rise to the occasion to ensure that trust was well-placed. When everyone trusts each other to be making the right moves at the right times, there is nothing in the way of success.
For further thoughts, you can view the original article here: https://www.inc.com/justin-bariso/super-bowl-mvp-nick-foles-post-game-interview-powerful-lesson-leadership.html