Monday Motivation: 5 Rules of Leadership
Monday Motivation, 9.23.19
Written by: Ben Rogers
Every Monday, The Rogers-Long Team meets for one of its two weekly meetings. The Monday meeting always ends with “Monday Motivation” in which a few minutes are spent listening to one team member presenting a quote, a quick reading from a book, a scene from a movie, or anything else they find motivating to provide a “spark” to the whole team on a Monday morning.
Bill’s 5 Rules of Leadership
Ben’s Monday Motivation 9.23.19
Love him or hate him, Bill Belichick knows a thing or two about leadership. His consistency of winning in professional football is unrivaled, and it’s rare to hear him speak about the keys to his success. I came across an article in 2017 where over a 2-hour conversation, he revealed his 5 rules of exceptional leadership. All of them, of course, are applicable to his football team and you can see them lived out. But these principles can apply to you, too!
Rule #1: Leadership means building a team that’s exhaustively prepared, but able to adjust in an instant.
Belichick says the Patriots only have one sign hanging in their locker room and it reads “Every battle is won before it is fought.” There is no greater advantage in football or in business than to out prepare your competition. Andy Andrews says that by preparing, you’re competiting when no one else even knows there’s a game going on. Exhaustive preparation is as close to cheating the game as it gets. Not to mention, when you’re exhaustively prepared – whether it’s preparing for your day tomorrow, preparing for a big appointment, or preparing for Thanksgiving dinner – you have the ability to adjust in an instant if it’s needed.
Rule #2: Leadership means having the discipline to deploy your “dependables”.
Winning isn’t about flash. In sales, it’s not about having the sexiest website, the coolest social media account, or wearing the flashiest clothes. Winning is about being dependable and delegating tasks to dependable people so you know the job gets done the right way. Brian Buffini says to become successful, you must “Be dependable, become exceptional, and compete to win.” In order to become exceptional and compete at your best, you must be dependable first.
Rule #3: Leadership means being the boss.
Being the boss doesn’t mean being a jacka*s. Being the boss means setting the example. It means being decisive. A boss must be prompt, be the most prepared, and be unflappable. Think of a leader in your life – that person probably has the look, the mindset, and the attitude of a boss. In order to become a better leader, look, think, and act like the boss…but do it with humility.
Rule #4: Leadership means caring about everything going on in the lives of your people.
To be a leader is to be selfless. It’s not about you. It’s about your team, your teammates, and everything going on in their lives. What matters to them should matter to you. What makes your people happy? What makes them sad? How can you help? To care about your people is to care about your team!
Rule #5: Leadership means never resting on your laurels.
Belichick says “You can’t look back. We don’t talk about last year. We don’t talk about next week. We talk about today, and we talk about the next game. That’s all we can really control.” Coach K, the long-tenured head coach for the Duke basketball team has a saying for his players he’s used his entire professional career – “Next Play”. It’s not about what did or didn’t happen yesterday, last week, or last year. It’s about what’s happening right now in how you’re preparing for the next play. If that mindset is good enough for Coach K and Coach Belichick, it should probably be good enough for us!
Ben Rogers, The Team Leader of The Rogers-Long Team, has been in the real estate business since 2012. In 2014, he began The Rogers-Long Team with Kevin Long, which produced over $25,000,000 in volume production in 2017. In addition to selling homes and leading the team, Ben hosts a podcast show called the “The Bottom Line”, which can be found by clicking here. The Bottom Line is a Podcast that links lessons learned from sports, business, and life and is targeted at those who are striving for excellence, while ‘Average Sits on the Bench’.