Wales - Greater than the sum of it’s parts.
You don’t win a Grand Slam without being good.
You don’t win without being absolutely committed, dedicated, putting in weeks, months, years of hard work and all that good stuff, but anyone can do that.
This recent win from Wales shows there’s not a single formula that works, winning can be done in a number of ways.
You don’t have to have a team full of the world’s absolute best - sometimes that might help.
You don’t have to have a crew full of world record holders - sometimes that might help.
You don’t have to have the top performing sales personnel across the industry - sometimes that might help.
I believe what’s important is to have is a culture where there’s not necessarily one leader, but a whole team of leaders. In this instance the leaders are team mates who make it easy for those around them to perform at the best of their ability. These leaders understand where their strengths and weakness are, constantly and consistently work on improving themselves but also recognise they need to nurture the strengths of those around them. So they help their team mates. When each member of a team starts to help another, there’s a clear trust that develops, a belief in each other, a strength that comes from supporting everyone within the group. ‘If my job is made easier by someone supporting me, then I’ll perform better and help them back’ and so on and so on.
An offshoot of this is when you’re working on making it easy for those around you to perform, you’re worrying less about what you’re doing. The natural skills that you were selected for or hired for are playing out anyway, with confidence and without complication. The pressure is reduced and your performance will improve. It’s a self fulfilling prophesy. Support those around you, their performances will improve, your performances will improve, and the team will perform with resilience and above all else confidence.
Wales played with a calm confidence that comes from knowing each member of the team had each other’s back, absolute trust that everyone would fulfil their own roles to the best of their ability because there were no individuals, they were one.
No individual superheros, all superheroes, it doesn’t matter - they won.