Looking after your team – Leadership lessons from the Tour de France win

It was great to see Chris Froome win the Tour de France again this weekend and in an article on the BBC Sport website, Matt Slater ponders Why Team Sky are so successful.

Of course, given the recent scandals associated with top cyclists, some believe doping may be the answer.  Let’s hope that isn’t the case!  The article suggest two alternative answers.

First, there is a real passion and desire to win.  Success, or bearing fruit, is not a ‘nice-to-have’ outcome, it crucially important.  Second, Team Sky expend a lot of resource caring for their team.  Whether it is a food truck, or sleep science, Team Sky make sure that their riders are in the best possible condition to perform.

If you want to learn from Team Sky’s success, ask yourself these two questions:

  1. Are you determined to succeed, or in a Christian context, does bearing fruit really matter to you?
  2. Are you willing to invest heavily in caring for your team, believing that if they are given the right tools, you will see success or fruit?
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