Leadership Lessons from the 2014-2015 Golden State Warriors

On Tuesday, the Golden State Warriors brought home their first championship in 40 years. An excellent article came out yesterday from Inc.com outlining the leadership lessons that we can take away from the 2014-2015 Warriors, and I have provided a brief summary below.

Here is a link to the article: http://www.inc.com/justin-bariso/5-leadership-lessons-from-the-nba-champion-golden-state-warriors.html

1.) Listen to your employees. All of them.
When the Warriors were searching for answers after the third game of the NBA Finals, one of the lowest ranking staff members noticed an adjustment that would give them a better chance to win. Steve Kerr listened, and the Warriors won the next three games to win the series.

2.) Make decisions that are best for the team. Not the individual.
The Warriors players showed a tremendous amount of selflessness throughout the season and during the playoffs. Former all-stars and an Olympic champion agreed to give up their starting roles in order to give their team the best chance to win.

3.) Keep confident.
In Game 2 of the NBA Finals, Steph Curry had one of the worst games of his career. He never lost confidence in his abilities and found ways to succeed and help his team win.

4.) Don’t forget to have fun.
Steve Kerr’s philosophy is that “basketball should be fun.” His practices and team meetings are always conducted with this concept in mind. Making time for your employees to have fun will help them focus when it counts.

5.) Set the bar high.
Even before the season, the Warriors owners and coaches set the expectation of winning an NBA Championship, despite the franchise’s forty-year championship drought. “If you aim for B-level performance, that’s the highest you’ll ever achieve.”

Jay Voorhees
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