#Leadership Lessons from the @LAKings

The Los Angeles Kings won hockey’s Stanley Cup championship this week.  Becoming the National Hockey League (NHL) champion was no easy feat for the Kings.  The Kings started their road to the Cup by going down 3 games to 0 (in a best of seven series) in their first round match-up.  They battled back to win that series by winning four games in a row and then proceeded to trail 3 games to 2 in their next series.  Again they rallied to win.  The semi-final series went all 7 games and the Kings won the game seven clincher in overtime.  Getting to the championship series was no easy road.

The Cup final was against the New York Rangers.  In the first two games, the Kings never had the lead in regulation play, but they managed to tie both games and then went on to win in overtime.  So after two games, the Kings were ahead 2 games to 0 and had never had the lead during either game.  Ultimately, the Kings won the series 4 games to 1. The final, Cup-clinching game, fittingly, was won in double overtime.

As leaders, the story of the Los Angeles Kings hockey team should remind us of the importance of perseverance, of believing in ourselves, and of never giving up.  It would have been easy for the Kings to just give up after being down 3 games to 0 in the opening series.  But they didn’t quit.  They played one game at a time and came back to win the series, and eventually, the Stanley Cup.  The Kings tied the record for the most games played in a postseason run for the Cup, 26.  Time and time again, they faced defeat.  Time and time again, they were behind in a game. And yet, time and time again, they persevered and came out victorious.

This is how great leaders respond to the challenges they face.  As leaders, we can never give up.  We must persevere and be a symbol of hope for our teams.  When our team members see that we believe, that we don’t give up, that we stick together, that we compete until the contest is over, they will believe in themselves and persevere with us.

The LA Kings didn’t quit. Even when defeat looked imminent, they worked hard and stayed together as a team. They fought until the end and the prize was a Stanley Cup Championship.  When times get tough for you and your team, be a symbol of hope.  Show them you believe in them.  Remind them that the greatest rewards come after the greatest struggles.  Persevere.  And most importantly, never give up.

Thanks for reading,
Jim

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