There is a sign on my desk that reads “Teamwork is what makes ordinary people achieve extraordinary results”. This week, the 5000m Olympic runners from New Zealand and the U.S. taught us all a lesson in compassion, leadership and that being team-players doesn’t always apply to just your own team. What transpired: an extraordinary result.
It is my plan to use the story of distance runners Nikki Hamblin from New Zealand and Abbey D’Agostino from the United States as examples of exemplary leaders. They are conscious leaders who didn’t stop to think how the outcome would affect them personally, their response to help each other was inherent. As conscious leaders, compassion was their first choice, not one at which they systematically arrived. And as conscious leaders, blame didn’t even come into play.