Incorporating Kobe Bryant’s Mindset into Your Workplace
Life is fragile. Life is fleeting. After the tragic news of a world-renowned athlete’s death, these are the sentiments that come to mind. Regardless of who you are, everyone knows the name Kobe Bryant, including those in the business world and entrepreneurs. Kobe Bryant is a name that everyone can associate, at the very least, the words: leadership, work ethic, mentor, and dedication. To reach a level of success that Bryant achieved, it takes certain qualities that we can incorporate into the workplace to reach success ourselves. There are a few things we can take away from Bryant’s mindset.
Being a good leader can’t come from a selfish perspective. To be a true leader, you should want to help others succeed and in turn, you will be successful. Kobe Bryant stated, “[I had] …to learn what would work and for who, I started doing homework and watched how they behaved. I learned their histories and listened to what their goals were. I learned what made them feel secure and where their greatest doubts lay. Once I understood them, I could help bring the best out of them by touching the right nerve at the right time.”
Incorporating this mindset in your business can help grow your company. By listening to what your partners or employees’ needs are and figuring out how to help them accomplish their goals within your system, your own goals will flourish. Now you not only can achieve your own goals, but you have also dedicated and fulfilled employees to help you get there.
Bryant’s work ethic propelled him to greatness. There are many accounts of teammates recounting how Bryant would show up to practice before everyone and be the last to leave. Not only did he put in the time, but he also required excellence from those around him. Being lazy around Kobe wasn’t an option. He once played an entire game left-handed (he is right-hand dominant) after an injury. He didn’t even make the excusable excuse that he was injured. He put in the time and acquired a new skill set when he encountered a setback. Failure happens often in the business world and we are confronted with our own setbacks. What if instead of giving up, we acquired a new skill set to drive our success.
Since his beginning in the NBA, everyone has compared Kobe Bryant to the great Michael Jordan. Bryant has even expressed how he looked up to Michael and wanted to be great just like him. Instead of being resentful of the comparison or thinking he could figure it all out on his own, Bryant sought out Michael Jordan as a mentor. He learned from the best. Sometimes setting ego aside can boost us into greatness.
Kobe Bryant then became a mentor himself. Teammates discuss how Bryant was always trying to bring the best out in them and held his teammates to a high standard. He probably wouldn’t have the respect or admiration from his teammates if he felt like he knew everything and wasn’t willing to learn from them or those that came before him.
“If you want to be great in a particular area,” Bryant once said, “you have to obsess over it. A lot of people say they want to be great, but they’re not willing to make the sacrifices necessary to achieve greatness. They have other concerns, whether important or not, and they spread themselves out.” Whenever there is someone who has reached the level of success in athletics, business, or any category in life, there is always a story of relentless focus, hard work, and passion. In order to receive success, it seems it will take these skills. Kobe Bryant has left a legacy and mindset that can be respected in all aspects of life, including in business and entrepreneurship.