January 17, 2023

Leaders Support Other Leaders


What if you could attend one significant event on your bucket list? Maybe it would be attending the Superbowl or the opening night of a Broadway show. Or, perhaps you want to dive the great barrier reef off the coast of Australia?

Well, for billions of soccer fans, attending a World Cup would definitely be at the top of their list. In fact, thousands of soccer fans traveled to Qatar to attend the 2022 FIFA World Cup.

Now, in addition to attending the World Cup, fans dream of their team winning the World Cup while they are cheering them from the stands. Well, fans from Argentina had the opportunity to fulfill their dream as they watched their team claim victory in 2022.

However, while the French fans were also excited to cheer their team to victory, they came up short, and France lost the match.

Like their fans, the goal of every soccer player is to win the World Cup. So while players are excited to win their league championship, winning the World Cup is the ultimate goal.

Why? Because the World Cup is where legends are crowned. The world’s best players meet on the pitch to determine who will be recognized as the G.O.A.T. (Greatest of all time).

The final match of the 2022 World Cup lived up to the hype by pitting Argentina’s Lionel Messi, viewed by many as the best player in the world, against France’s Kylian Mbappe Lottin. One commentator called Messi the G.O.A.T and Mbappe the baby G.O.A.T.

After an intense match, Argentina won with penalty kicks. Although Messi has won many awards and is viewed as one of the best players ever to play the game, it took winning the World Cup for him to be crowned the G.O.A.T.

So what happened to Mbappe? Although he scored a hat-trick and won the golden boot, he was devasted by the loss. As the team leader, Mbappe fought hard to put his team in a position to win. However, the French came up short and lost the match.

Mbappe was inconsolable. In this moment of despair, another leader stepped in to console Mbappe. Who? French President Emmanuel Macron! Yes, President Macron! While Macron could not remove the pain of the loss, he wrapped his arms around Mbappe and offered words of encouragement.

“What you do has a far greater impact than what you say.”

-Stephen Covey

Macron’s words at the moment were not as important as his actions. As a leader, he understood Mbappe’s pain. So, he offered Mbappe comfort, which allowed Mbappe to process his grief.

Every leader will face disappointment and loss. While most of the time, we can work through it on our own; there will be times when we need others to come alongside us and offer support.

Are you supporting other leaders?


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