How Leadership Won the World Cup and United 58 Million People!On November 10, 2019 by Raul Dinwiddie
I’m so excited to share this with you I’m coming to you from my home in Southern California and something amazing just happenned this weekend I don’t know if you know anything about rugby but rugby in South Africa that’s the country where I grew up most of my life is the sport that is like American football is to America now imagine that the Superbowl only came around every 4 years and you played every country in the world that is what the world cup rugby tournament is about and the Springboks which is the South African team where playing for the last 6 weeks. And guess what? We made it to the finals we only had to play 1 more game and that happenned on Saturday, so I woke up really early at 2 am and guess what? We won! but why am I telling you this? why I’m telling you this, is this was a journey of leadership And it all started with this great coach Rassie Erasmus. So now, what Rassie got right is 3 key leadership principles that I believe as leaders we should be implementing in our organizations. and the number 1 is about culture You can have the best strategy, you can have the best product, you can have the best service but if you don’t have the right culture everything just falls apart And what he did is he started by electing together with a committee , electing Siya Kolisi- the captain And together with him they got the passion right again about people believing in rugby, believing in this jersey which is the Springbok jersey again 2nd thing that he got right, is he got the vision he got a circle of dependables to believe in the same vision and plan for the world cup final and that was to win it! It wasn’t just a pipedream, they actually had a vision and a plan. And the 3rd thing, that he got so, so right was … Diversity he actually brought in people of different backgrounds of different experiences of different thought processes And it just comes in beautifully If you have to watch the game you’ll see how it all comes together and actually they had the # and the # went strongertogether And that’s really what it was about so… so what does this all mean? In a brief weekend, in a brief 1 hour – 2 hours what this game did , is it unified a country of 58 million people that have been divided And it showed the world the spirit of togetherness and unity. What it does that is so amazing but sadly when we go back to reality, when we go back to our places of work these things are forgotten so I’m here to say to you today let us not forget! That unity, diversity, and inclusion can really make things work and that the principle of 1 + 1 can equal 3 if we come together powerfully as leaders in organizations in companies and in countries! so let’s just do it!