The Law of victory is the 15th of the 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership. It states that leaders find a way for the team to win.
What do Michael Jordan (Basketball), Lionel Messi (Soccer), and Tom Brady (American Football) have in common?
They are great athletes, they are exceptional leaders, and they found a way for their team to win when the game was on the line.
In 2016, Kobe Bryant, a four-time All-Star Game Most Valuable Player (MVP) and a five-time NBA Champion with the Los Angeles Lakers, made his 18th and final All-Star Game appearance in Toronto.
When the announcer introduced him, the crowd was chanting his name. Basketball legends paid tribute to him, and they made a tribute video for him with ‘thank you’ and ‘miss you’ from his teammates.
Kobe’s peers celebrated him and sent him off to a standing ovation when the game was over because he found a way for the team to win.
3 things your team needs to win with the Law of Victory
- Unity of vision. A team doesn’t win the championship if its players are working from different agendas. Teams succeed only when the players have a unified vision, no matter how talent or potential they have.
- A diversity of skills. Besides unity of vision, your team also needs a diversity of skills to win. Can you imagine a soccer team of only goalies? Or a business where there are only salespeople? It doesn’t make sense. Every organization requires diverse talents to succeed.
- A leader dedicated to victory. Not only does your team need unity of vision and diversity of skills to win, equally important is a leader who is dedicated to victory, a leader who can provide the motivation, empowerment, and direction required to win.
5 ways to help your team win with the Law of Victory
So, what can you begin to do starting tomorrow to be that leader that finds a way for your team to win:
First, take responsibility for the success of your team. Be unquestionably committed to finding a way for your team to win. Your passion for victory should be higher than that of your team members.
Second, make sure you have the right people on your team. Think about all the skills necessary to achieve your goals. Write them down. Compare that list with the names of the people on your list. If there are functions for which no one on the team is suited, you need to add members to the team or train the ones you have.
Third, get all your team members on the same page. As previously mentioned, work on communicating a single vision clearly, creatively, and continually until everyone is on the same page. Work with each of your team members to show how their personal goals can align with the team’s overall goals.