5 Lessons in Leadership from Ted Lasso

The Apple TV series Ted Lasso has been a hit with audiences and critics alike, but it’s not just a heartwarming comedy. It’s also a treasure trove of leadership lessons that can be applied in any workplace. Here are five lessons in leadership from Ted Lasso.

5 Lessons In Leadership from Ted Lasso

Create A Vision:  Give your team something to BELIEVE in.  If you want to build a great culture and a great team, you need a unifying vision. Your job as a leader is to create that vision…and get them to buy into it.

Listening Builds Trust:  Sometimes as leaders, we think we need to tell people what to do.  And sometimes, we do need to do that.  But often, when you listen to those who are on the front lines of your team, you can uncover real issues that need to be fixed.  And when you do that, you build trust.

Forgiveness Is a Superpower:  This is a theme over and over in Ted Lasso.  We all make mistakes.  Some of your team members will too.  But when you can forgive those mistakes and move on, you can forge real and strong relationships.

Toxic People Kill Culture:  We have all seen it.  When there is an uber-talented team member, they often get special treatment.  And when that person is a jerk, it can really tear down the culture of the team.  Getting rid of that talented team member can often be the bravest and most powerful move a leader can make.

Power In Positivity:  When you create a culture (like Ted does) where you continually lift people up, they feel better about the organization.  And in my experience, if you spend time lifting them up on a regular basis, when you need to provide candid feedback, they are more open to it.  Ted Lasso created a positive culture that provided a fertile ground for success.  I hope you do too!

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Written by: Kirby Hasseman

Kirby Hasseman is the CEO of Hasseman Marketing & Communications. Kirby hosts a weekly Web show called Delivering Marketing Joy where he interviews business leaders from around the country. Kirby has published four books. His most recent is “Fan of Happy.” His book, called "Delivering Marketing Joy" is about doing “promo right” and is perfect for people in the industry and customers. He also wrote “Think Big For Small Business” and “Give Your Way to Success. All are available on Amazon.