Leadership Qualities: Acknowledge the Power of Faith.

Dina Asher-Smith dominates 200m final | World Athletics Championships 2019 | Doha Moments

Effective leaders are not ashamed to acknowledge that complete trust in a comprehensive system of enduring principles (faith) drives their success.

Imagine a little girl sitting at home watching one of the best female athletes in history compete at the Olympics.  Then imagine a decade later, that little girl competing alongside her at the phenomenally engaging World Championships in Doha just completed.  Such is the story of the young British athlete, Dina Asher-Smith.

During an interview after completing a very fast 100m she shared how she would prepare and stay focused for the 200m the following day (mins. 2:00-2:32).

2019.10.2 Dina Asher-Smith Post Race Interview

Why? Because she has faith that if she does these things then the goal that she is working towards wills be realized.  Faith is “great trust or confidence in something or someone” (https://dictionary.cambridge.org/dictionary/english/faith). However, this does not preclude that there will not be challenges along the way that must be overcome (For more see Mitchell, 2017; http://www.lulu.com/shop/keisha-a-mitchell/the-courage-to-be-free-become-who-you-were-meant-to-be/ebook/product-23433955.html).  Faith in her abilities and her confidence in her coach allowed her to persevere in training and competitions year after year to finally make it to Doha 2019.  

Also, faith would allow Shelly-Ann Fraser Pryce to return to competition after childbirth to once again dominate in her sprinting events.  Thus, making her a worthy opponent of her young admirer.  And, at every event, both women performed outstandingly well.  Their success, and the success of many others were celebrated with great applause, signing the cross, falling and kissing the track, and many platitudes thanking God for health and for success after each event.

But, athletes are not the only ones who acknowledge their faith.  Other celebrities who are making their faith known include screen stars: Denzel Washington, Mel Gibson, Julia Roberts, Natalie Portman and many more (Stars Insider, 2019; http://www.msn.com/en-xl/lifestyle/celebs/celebrities-who-follow-their-faith-religiously/ss-AAIlLS1?MSCC=1570455274&ocid=spartandhp).

Celebrated neurologist and psychiatrist, Viktor Frankl, advised individuals on how to find success.  He said,

“Don’t aim at success. The more you aim at it and make it a target, the more you are going to miss it. For success, like happiness, cannot be pursued; it must ensue, and it only does so as the unintended side effect of one’s personal dedication to a cause greater than oneself or as the by-product of one’s surrender to a person other than oneself” (Frankl, 1946; 2006).  

As I close today, I heartily congratulate every coach and every athlete who competed at Doha.  I also celebrate all the families that journeyed through every season with the athletes.  May your example of enduring faith in your ability and your discipline to the goal be a source of encouragement to us all.

And, don’t ever forget that the accomplishment of one goal is the beginning of another.  For more see http://www.indusedu.org/pdfs/IJRESS/IJRESS_876_93216.pdf and more at http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/KeishaAMitchellPhD .

Maybe you will be fortunate to thank your mentor with a tribute, but if not let Koffee say it for you.

Koffee sings “Legend” to Usain Bolt

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