Defying the Odds

Tom Brady will probably go down as one of the most celebrated quarterbacks in NFL and Super Bowl history; however, it is the leadership of his Super Bowl 49 counterpart, Russell Wilson, which proved to be most intriguing during the 2015 NFL Playoffs.  Aside from the fact that he is a local kid from Collegiate and defending Super Bowl Champion, Wilson has defied many odds to mark his spot in NFL history.  Many scouts feared that Wilson was too short or did not have a strong enough arm to be an NFL quarterback, yet his determination has put to rest any doubts about his abilities.

Leadership is not a person’s height or the distance a ball travels.  As George (2007) points out, “leaders are highly complex human beings, people who have distinctive qualities that cannot be sufficiently described by lists of traits or characteristics.  Leaders are defined by their unique life stories and the way they frame their stories to discover their passions and the purpose of their leadership.” (pg. XXVII)  Below is video of Russell Wilson from the NFC Championship Game.  Despite all the critics saying the Packers had the game in control, Wilson lead his team back for an overtime victory.

After the thrill of victory, Wilson then experienced the heartbreak of defeat.  Trailing 28-24 with less than one minute to play, Wilson threw a pass that was intercepted on the goal line to seal the victory for New England.  Needless to say, fans questioned the call and Wilson’s abilities:

Wilson simply continues his journey to authentic leadership.



George (2007) “It is naïve to think that you can go through life without difficulties, or spend your entire life trying to avoid them.  Life is not always fair.  It is often during the hard times in your life that you realize that authentic leadership is not about advancing yourself and your personal interests.”  (pg. 51-52)

George, B., & Sims, P. (2007). True North: Discover your Authentic Leadership.  San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.

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