Only Great Leadership can heal the humiliation of England’s first Test Match defeat against Australia

Here are my initial questions following my observations of day one of the 2nd Test Match in Adelaide.

1. Did we witness an emotional ‘hangover’ from the Brisbane Test Match? That is, did the England team look subdued or flat?

2. Was there strain and tension written across their faces from ball one? Were the drop catches an indication of stress?

3. Did getting a wicket appear like we had won the lottery? Was there a hint of desperation to England’s play?

High levels of work related stress, as a result of ‘win-at-all-costs’ mentality, leads to an increase in psychological battles. We begin an inner dialog:

• “What happens if I’m not good enough”?
• “I’ve let down myself and my team mates with that error!”
• “I am now worried about what’s going to happen at the WACA”

Great Leaders operate without ego and are absolutely purpose driven. As a result, they know how to tune into their staff’s work-related stress and provide a way of reducing the anxiety, so they can inspire and engage others to follow. So, how do they do this?

1. Great Leaders know the importance of their actions in times of adversity. They appreciate their followers are looking to them and at them during these times. They know how to influence critical situations and events in order to transform the intensity and commitment of their followers, ensuring they deliver high levels of performance.

2. Great Leaders make bold decisions in difficult times that bind their followers together. Great Leaders pull their followers into a strong and cohesive unit. They demonstrate empathy, generosity and a genuine care for the welfare of others.

3. Great Leaders pay attention to the collective excellence of their group. They are prepared to sacrifice their own self-interest (ego) to help others.

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