Leadership on Point
I am not usually one to talk sports (unless it is a friendly feud about the Toronto Maple Leafs!) however, something happened this weekend that sparked the idea for this newsletter.
University Women’s Basketball.
Let me preface this by saying I know almost nothing about basketball so if I get some of the terminology or stats wrong, please forgive me! What I want to talk about is leadership, and how one 5’4” point guard demonstrated it, not just this weekend but all season.
- Player of the Year, Ontario University Association
- First team All Star
- 1st all time total points for Brock
- Silver Medalist, Canadian Nationals
- 1st place provincial standing
Melissa Tatti is the “backbone and heart of the Brock Badgers team” according to basketball blogger Jacob Smith. Brock was not expected to make it to the Provincials yet alone the Nationals. But the team has grit. The coach has grit. Melissa has grit... courage, confidence, hunger, follow through, optimism and creativity.
Grit – a key to success on the basketball court and in leadership.
Leadership is about having the courage to face adversity, having confidence in yourself and in your team. It’s about being hungry to achieve your goals and following through on your action plans to do just that. Leadership is about optimism fueled by creativity. If one plan doesn’t work, examine why, course correct, take charge and try again. Learn from your mistakes and never give up.
Above all, believe in yourself.
“Not a lot of people believed in us, but we believed in us.”
said fifth-year point guard Melissa Tatti, of Ancaster.
And look where it got them.
Oh, and full disclosure – Melissa is my niece!