Twenty-five years ago, a young Denver Bronco quarterback named John Elway demonstrated a set of historic leadership lessons.
The lessons, now older than current Bronco phenom Tim Tebow, could help you as a CEO reach your business goals or provide a real-world example to your team. They stand the test of time.
Quarterback Elway guided his team on an improbable 98-yard drive to tie the Cleveland Browns in the AFC Championship Game with only seconds left to play. His team would go on to win the contest over the then-stunned Browns on a field goal in overtime.
Video documents the extraordinary event known as, “The Drive.” Watch some great leadership:
Over 15 plays and 5 minutes and 2 seconds, “The Drive” featured:
- A clear vision
- An audacious goal
- An unequivocal deadline
- The right talent on the Denver bus
- Inspiration from the leader and from within the team
- Team members who understood their roles
- Clear communications
- Great tactical execution
- Stops, starts and learning along the way
- No quit
We’ve all been a member of a high-performing team.
Lessons from “The Drive” of 1987 can boost your team’s performance today.