I am a steady consumer of research in the field, but often enjoy commentaries by other professionals in the field. Yesterday I came across Dr. Rob Bell's blog post, author of Mental Toughness Training for Golf: Start Strong Finish Strong, exploring the importance of Peyton Manning. Being a Manning fan myself- I feel he offers much not only to football but to the entire athletic culture-I had to give this article a read.
Bell's key insights focused not on Manning's intelligence, dedication to the game and skill level, but his unique leadership qualities that he brings to the Indianapolois Colts organization. Leadership that is often so integral to a team's success that you don't realize it's importance until it is absent; as the current situation in Indy reveals.
The link to the full post is below, but the thesis is that "great players make others around you great". Think about situations or teams that you may have been on that just worked. Who and what comes to mind that made it so successful? What if this element was missing?
In situations where the team leader gets injured, changes teams, retires, etc. how does the organization respond? Some good things to ask oneself are "what are some of the good things that the leader brought to the table?", "how has the best been brought out in me?", and "how can I reproduce that best side of me, even in adverse situations?".
Recommended reading/source: http://drrobbell.com/2011/09/18/the-importance-of-peyton-