While watching the Baltimore Ravens and New England Patriots game last night, the network cut to a pregame sound bite from Ray Lewis, linebacker for the Ravens. As is the case with most (likely all) Ravens games, Ray Lewis is counted on for his leadership and to pump up his teammates. The sound bite reminded me of the post game speech Ray Lewis gave after last years playoff loss to the same New England Patriots.
A brief back story: Baltimore was trailing 23-20 in the fourth quarter and had just taken possession of the ball in their own end. Quarterback Joe Flacco took command of his offense and began putting together a drive that enabled the Ravens a shot to win. With under a minute left, fans held their breath as a possible game winning touchdown pass slipped through a receiver’s hands in the end zone. However, hope was not lost because a couple plays later the Ravens had a chance to tie the game with a 32 yard field goal.
New England ran out the clock and punched their ticket to the Super Bowl. The Ravens were devastated.
Skip to the post game speech from Ray Lewis, found here. It’s only a minute long, and I recommend you listen to the entire speech (make sure your speakers are on and turned up).
In my opinion, Ray Lewis defines leadership. Not just in his words, but in his actions. From his work on the football field to his community involvement off of it; he embodies a leader.
What do we, as leaders, do when our teams are down?
How to we react when our teams face adversity?
How to we rally our teams to be better next time?