Are You Committed or Just Interested?

Last week, I heard an interview with Herman Edwards, the former professional football coach of the New York Jets and Kansas City Chiefs. The reporters were asking Herm about different quarterbacks and why some, with seemingly great talent, never make it in the National Football League. Conversely, others who don’t appear to be as talented end up being star players for many years.

Herm’s response was that quarterbacks need to ask themselves the question, “Am I committed or am I just interested?” The difference between those who “make it” and those who don’t, often is their level of commitment. Quarterbacks who are committed, and not just interested, do the extra work and make the sacrifices that are often necessary to succeed.

I would suggest that this question does not just apply to quarterbacks. If we want to be successful in anything we do, we need to be fully committed, not just interested. And this applies to leadership as well. As leaders, we should ask ourselves this same question. Am I committed to being a great leader of an outstanding organization. Or am I just interested? If you are truly committed, you will model the work ethic, the enthusiasm, the kindness, the courage, and the resilience of a great leader. You will do the extra work and make the sacrifices that great leadership requires.


Be a committed leader, not just an interested one. Put in the work and make the sacrifices that lead to success. Just like quarterbacks, you may not be the smartest or the most talented person to lead your organization. But if you are the most committed, you have a chance to achieve great things. Be committed, not just interested, and see where it takes you.

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