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Brian Soell

NBA Champs

Happy Thursday everyone!

With the Warriors being the latest Bay area team to win a championship, I found this article about leadership timely. It was written by Justin Bariso, the Founder of Insight, and it appeared on Inc.com. Here are 5 leadership lessons from the Warriors' championship run:

1. Listen to your employees. All of them. 

- The idea to start Andre Iguodala instead of Andrew Bogut was suggested by "special assistant to the head coach" Nick U'ren. Iguodala's increased minutes were huge to the Warriors' success. They won 3 consecutive games and he went on to win the Finals' MVP award. 


2. Make decisions that are best for the team. Not the individual.

Iguodala was removed from the starting lineup at the beginning of the season. Yet, Iguodala became "...the first ever to win the award without starting a single game in the regular season." It's a good example of not being discouraged, staying positive, and remaining prepared to contribute. Many other players would have given up long before the playoffs started. David Lee also went from a starter to a limited role, but contributed valuable minutes in the Finals.


3. Keep confident.

- The Warriors were down 2 games to 1 in the Finals. Stephen Curry, the regular season MVP, struggled in few games especially shooting 3 pointers. Curry "...missed more three-pointers in a single game than anyone ever had in NBA Finals history."  He bounced back in the last 3 games, including Game 5 where he scored 37 points. He didn't let his struggles impact the team or his effort. Likewise, his teammates remained confident in him. 


4. Don't forget to have fun.

- Steve Kerr's (the Warriors head coach) motto is that "basketball should be fun."


5. Set the bar high.

 - The Warriors lost in the 1st round of the playoffs last year and began the season with a rookie head coach who had never been a head coach in the NBA before. These factors didn't stop the Warriors from believing they could compete for a championship. They set high expectations and got to work. 

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