When good leaders are poor practitioners

Here’s an embarrassing admission: I’m a lifelong Jets fan. If you need proof that the organization is considered a laughingstock, a 2019 article in Inc. magazine is titled, “Want to Be a Great Leader? Look to the New York Jets—and Then Do the Opposite.”

Yet many fans and teammates tout the leadership abilities of quarterback Sam Darnold. Jet fans were torn about keeping him until, shortly before this article went to press, he was traded to the Carolina Panthers for three draft picks. There were strong arguments for keeping him, though. He addresses the media, win or lose. He commands the huddle, encourages and exhorts players on the sideline, and plays with confidence. Read on below2