Getting Your Leadership Communication Wrong Can Cost You Your JobNov 24, 2022
When a leader is expected to deliver results and doesn't, they are expected to answer for it.
This is especially true in athletics, and no sport requires this more than football.
Recently one quarterback failed miserably in his communication as team leader and it cost him is starting job in the National Football League.
The New York Jets Zach Wilson performed terribly against the New England Patriots in a game that his team's defense excelled. The Jets defense kept the offense in the game with a chance to win.
After New England scored on the last play of the game for the win, Wilson was asked at the post-game press conference if he felt his performance let down his defense down.
His immediate answer was "no...no."
As you might imagine, his defensive teammates were not happy when they heard his comments.
Historically quarterbacks and coaches in football will always take accountability and responsibility when the team loses and give credit to others when they win.
Wilson violated this standard.
Two days later the coach announced he was being benched for the team's next game.
Wilson is 23-years old, and in just his second season in professional football. But, he's been a quarterback his entire playing career since his youth. He should know better.
His frustration and emotions got in the way of his thought process in the heat of the moment at the interview lecturn.
Confidence is an emotion. You can master your confidence by mastering your emotions. You can master your leadership communication by mastering your emotions that put your confidence in the right place. Leaders, like an NFL quarterback, cannot afford to be at the affect of situations and their environment.
Zach Wilson learned this lesson the hard way. He will probably be back in the starting lineup soon.
Within minutes of the press conference Wilson addressed the team directly, apologizing. All reports have teammates saying that Wilson was humble, contrite, and genuine in his apology. It has been accepted and the team is moving on.
When you develop the habit of communication confidence you'll be able to bring the right emotional focus to any situation that will allow you to communicate appropriately as the leader others need you to be.