And while there are so many amazing story lines with this young team… the aspect I want to highlight in this article is the way Ron Washington, the manager of the Rangers, handles adversity.
Don’t Act a Fool!
On a recent radio show Washington explained why he rarely loses his mind when his team is obviously on the end of a bad call.
He essentially said that if he loses his mind and “acts a fool” then his team will see this and potentially sense things are going badly thus feeling the need to press things.
Washington feels that this approach would not benefit his young team so he does his best to maintain his composure.
Lesson for Business Leaders
When I first heard this I really appreciated Washington’s approach from a sports perspective.
But the more I thought about it the more I realized there is tremendous value in this approach for all leaders of people.
You see, I personally believe that allowing your emotions to rule the way you communicate does nothing but harm in the short term and the long term.
The reasons may be different than the sports scenario Washington speaks of… but in the end, screaming and yelling during crisis situations, rarely adds value in my opinion.
Do you agree?
What do you think of Ron Washington’s style? Do you agree with it?
What about from a business perspective? Do you agree that keeping your cool and not “acting a fool” is the best way to go? Or do you think there is a time and place for a good old fashioned butt chewing?