During a speaking engagement at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Jonathan Kraft—President of the New England Patriots football team—was discussing where Tom Brady (the famed 199th pick quarterback) would end up if he were drafted today.
Although he’s a top-tiered QB, Kraft suggested that, even today, Brady might not necessarily be a high pick overall. Still, technological advancements in scouting aside, Kraft expressed Tom Brady has something not easily analyzed, but critical to effective leadership--‘the intangibles.'
Although Kraft did not illuminate what he believed the critical intangibles to leadership are, we have some thoughts:
Brady both purposefully pauses and intentionally acts. When he’s off the field, he’s able to find a quiet space (often internally) to recollect, reassess, and reengage. And then he’s able to deliver through methodical on-field play.
These intangibles are what make great leaders!
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