My wife and I used to be huge fans of the ABC hit TV show Wipeout. Just in case you have not seen it or need a reminder here is a clip of the show:
I have found several relevant leadership lessons from this show which we should know and apply into our leadership. Here are 5 of them:
1. Leaders have perseverance- The contestants of the show face many challenging obstacles to try and qualify for the next stage and potentially win. Often it happens with steady progress. Though they might fall, they get back up and keep moving forward. David Sarnoff said, “The will to persevere is often the difference between failure and success.” Leaders should have a personal and team vision and be moving toward it through attainable goals. This is done by taking small daily steps forward no matter what’s happening around you, never give up.
2. Leaders are prepared- The people who contend on Wipeout have to be prepared, both mentally and physically. The strong players are the ones who have prepared themselves well. Leaders know the importance of being prepared and ready for the challenges and demands of leadership. They know it takes every ounce of strength to lead others successfully, so they prepare their body (by being healthy) and mind (through personal growth and thinking) for the daily challenges leadership brings.
3. Leaders are enthusiastic- The players are energetic, excited, and enthusiastic about being on the show. This is often show by the wacky clothing they wear and their spirited attitudes. Leaders should be enthusiastic toward the people around them and what they are leading. This means they have fun, celebrate wins, and never are too serious. When a leader is excited and happy about life it will rub off onto the people they lead. This in turn will positivity impact the customers or clients they serve.
4. Leaders are competitive- The players on Wipeout are competitive with each other. They want to win so they try and throw other players off their game by having competitive discussions with each other. A leader’s desire should be to see personal and team results. They should want to win in life, leadership, and business. Being competitive is more about pushing ourselves toward better performance and results than it is about competing with someone else. Actor Tyra Banks said, “I’m competitive with myself. I always try to push past my own borders.”
5. Leaders have endurance- It takes endurance to move forward and win the competition. The people who make it through the final obstacle course have endured tremendous challenges. Leaders know the importance of enduring through the different seasons of life, both the good and difficult times. The best leaders nourish themselves so they can keep moving forward in spite of what happens to them or around them.
Question: Either from watching the show or your personal experience what are some other essential leadership characteristics or qualities?