Fundamental Leadership Lessons from Well-known Sports Figures

Throughout the history of athletic competition, many men and women have led teams and organizations to championships by imparting meaningful lessons for sports and life. Here are a few helpful leadership lessons from sports figures that you can apply to your life today.

“Leaders aren’t born they are made. And they are made just like anything else, through hard work.” – Vince Lombardi

Legendary Super Bowl-winning Green Bay Packers coach Vince Lombardi taught that even if you don’t have the most outgoing personality, you can still become a good leader by working to better yourself.

“My responsibility is leadership, and the moment I get negative, that is going to have an influence on my team.” – Don Shula

Architect of the 1972 Miami Dolphins’ perfect season, Don Shula demonstrated the importance of keeping a level head and not letting your attitude affect the people around you.

“Be more concerned with your character than your reputation, because your character is what you really are, while your reputation is merely what others think you are.” – John Wooden

UCLA Basketball’s “Wizard of Westwood,” John Wooden was beloved for his comprehensive approach to the game and life, teaching his players how to succeed both as athletes and as people.

“The value of education is in teaching athletes to think for themselves on and off the field.” – Javier Loya

Javier Loya of OTC Global Holdings recognizes how helpful education has been for achieving success in business, on the college football field, and as an owner of the Houston Texans.

“Excellence is the gradual result of always wanting to do better.” – Pat Riley

As the brilliant mind behind the Showtime Lakers and multiple Miami Heat championship teams, Pat Riley was relentless in urging his players to pursue continuous improvement and excellence.