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How team work triumphed at the Ryder Cup

Posted by Debbie Stanfield 06/10/14

In what has been called “an unprecedented display of teamwork”, the European team has triumphed at the Ryder Cup.

And it is the quality of Paul McGinley’s leadership which is being credited for their achievements. One of the key team members Graeme McDowell cites McGinley’s leadership skills as:

• Meticulous attention to detail
• Great communication skills and leadership
• Ability to delegate
• Positive attitude and creativity
• Ability to inspire

What he seems to have done particularly well is involve every team member: everyone was given a role and he communicated with each of them constantly. He took ego out of the equation.

Their victory then is no accident – but the result of great leadership and the team ethos he created.

In contrast US player Phil Mickelson has openly criticised his captain Tom Watson for not playing him – a display of disloyalty and lack of unity which would appear alien to the European team.

Surely some lessons for businesses here... Leadership is not just about the best technical skills, the most experience (Watson is acknowledged to be a more proficient golfer than McGinley for example) or the one star performer. It is the ability to pull all the talent together with a clear strategy which gets outstanding results.

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Debbie Stanfield
Debbie Stanfield

I joined Stella and Tracy at Focal Point in 2003 and have seen both the Company and my role evolve during this time. I now work closely with the management team to achieve and improve business efficiently. To re-energise myself after a day in the office, I like to go to Zumba classes in the evening!

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