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Yesterday was Game 3 of the NBA Finals between the San Antonio Spurs and the Miami Heat. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to watch it live because I had to go to DLSU for some pre-graduation stuff.

But when I got home, I was able to watch the “mini-movie” that the NBA put together, and there was one moment that struck me. It was a conversation between Spurs Head Coach Gregg Popovich and Tony Parker.

Here’s the video. The conversation can be heard around the 4:24 mark:

 

If you’re feeling lazy to watch it, I’ll tell you what they said. Gregg Popovich told Parker something like, “Great leadership. You didn’t get 30, but you’ve got great leadership.”

Parker replied, “I have to trust my teammates.”

Here are a couple of thoughts that I had when I heard their conversation:

 

  1. Leadership does not mean you have to be the hero

Like what Popovich said, Tony Parker didn’t score huge numbers but instead he made the right plays, and set an example to his teammates.

Sometimes, when we are given the responsibility to lead, we think that we have to do everything, that we have to be the best at everything.

But just like in this example, great leadership can be just setting an example to the people under you. Show them the right way to do things. If you don’t get the attention, it’s okay. You don’t have to be the hero.

 

  1. Trust your “teammates”

I like how Tony Parker responded. He chose to trust his teammates. As leaders, we also have to trust the people around us (but of course trust wisely). Trust in their abilities, and potential. Build up their confidence.

 

  1. Pass the ball

It wasn’t in their conversation, but this is what Tony Parker and the Spurs do. What I mean by passing the ball is to give your teammate roles. Don’t do everything! By designating roles and tasks, not only will efficiency increase, but also your “team” will gain more confidence and experience, and will have the chance to learn.

Those are my quick thoughts about the conversation, and leadership. Are there any thoughts that you would like to share? Any points that you would like to discuss? Please comment below. I would like to hear your thoughts as well!

P.S. Let’s go San Antonio Spurs!

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Don’t worry. This won’t be a sports blog. I won’t be analyzing every candidate, and give my pros and cons about them. However, I believe there is something that we can pick up from how the Lakers are handling the situation. That being said, I hope that you’ll continue to read on.

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I’ve been a Lakers fan since the 2001 Finals when the team won the NBA Championship against the Philadelphia 76ers. And I don’t just consider myself as a fan, but as a diehard fan. So you can imagine my disappointment with them this season, and my reason for continually looking for news about their search for a head coach since their former coach stepped down.

If you read articles about the topic, you will always encounter the fact that the Lakers are taking their time. They don’t want to step in too quickly. But why is that? Why do they have to carefully look at all potential candidates, interview them, and weigh their pros and cons?

Here’s why:

I’m no coach or athlete, but when I hear the word coach I know that he’s the one who will dictate the system and the culture of the team. He is the one who makes the game plans. He is a person who should have a vision for the future of the team.

The right coach will lead a team to success.

So what’s my point? What can we all pick up from this?

Well, we can apply this to leadership (the coach is also a leader after all). If you are looking for someone to follow, someone who you want to be your mentor, you have to make sure that he has the right vision. He should be able to guide and lead you to the path that you should take.

If you are a leader, ponder on these things. Set a goal, have vision. Put your “team” in a position where they will be successful. Develop the skills and the potential of the people that you are leading.

And in case you’re wondering, I like Lionel Hollins to coach the Lakers next (Sorry, couldn’t help it)

“I want to know what influence you have on my son. My only son.”

This was a statement said to me by a parent of a smallgroup (Bible-study group) member I have under me. The said statement was preceded by questions about what a small group leader was, and what the “title” actually meant concerning his son.

A couple of friends were with me at the time, and they thought it was funny. Looking back, when you know the whole scenario, they might have been right to think so. But for this blog, I won’t delve into the details.

The reason why I’m writing about what happened is because it caused me to be reminded of one thing: When we lead, we are given the trust of others.

As funny as the situation might seem, the questions given to me were actually good and valid ones. Just like any parent, that father loves his son and wants the best for him.

Reading the paragraphs above, it’s probably obvious that I’m coming from the context of leading students in a church setting, but the principal can be applied to anyone who is leading a member of the youth. May he be a teacher, an org officer, or an “honorary” big brother/sister, etc.

As a leader in our youth service, I lead high school and college students. The people included in my group was entrusted to me by God, and by my pastor and by my leaders. But it is easy to forget that we are also give then trust of the parents of these students.

We have a responsibility to grow in the Word, so that we may share it to their sons and daughters. We have a responsibility to be good examples, so that their children may have role models.

Don’t take this trust for granted. Leadership is both a privilege and a responsibility.

I know this isn’t the most well-written blog, but it was something I wanted to share to all my fellow leaders, and potential leaders.