Lebron James has made it to the NBA Finals for the eighth straight time and the ninth overall thanks to another excellent postseason performance.
While Lebron’s athletic ability is extraordinary, it’s not the only reason he has been so successful.
In fact, much of his success is due to things that can help anyone achieve greatness in their field.
Today, we’re looking at seven business lessons we can learn from Lebron James.
1. Be Passionate About What You Do
It’s obvious from Lebron’s lifestyle that he loves the game of basketball. He has built every facet of his life around being the best basketball player on the planet, and possibly even of all-time.
Passion pushes boundaries. It’s the difference between being good and being great. So find something you love to do, and put your heart and soul into it.
2. Make the People Around You Better
Many of Lebron’s past and current teammates have had career years while playing with him. He demands excellence, but he also puts people in a position to succeed.
Lebron even memorized where his teammates preferred to receive passes. Impressive.
Although personal success is great, you make a much bigger impact when you can help everyone in your business achieve personal bests.
3. Do Whatever Needs to Be Done
Lebron is among the most versatile players in the history of the NBA. He rises to challenges. He finds openings where others do not.
That’s what business leaders do. They find solutions where others see problems.
To be truly successful, you need to be prepared to step into situations of all kinds, and step up your game.
4. Stay Positive in the Face of Adversity
Lebron’s greatest achievement to date is leading the Cleveland Cavaliers back from a 3-1 deficit in the NBA Finals against the Golden State Warriors. The same Warriors who had won a record 73 games that year.
Situations don’t get much tougher than that. Yet Lebron and his teammates did what was seemingly impossible by staying positive and taking it one game at a time.
Resilience is an absolutely essential skill in life and business. Things will go wrong. Staying positive, professional, and even-headed when they do will help you swing the pendulum back in the other direction.
5. Don’t Hold Grudges
Cavaliers’ owner Dan Gilbert wrote a harshly worded letter about Lebron when the star departed in free agency to play for the Miami Heat. When Lebron came back to Cleveland, he met with Gilbert to bury the hatchet and move on.
Rarely (ever?) do grudges benefit anyone. Understand that conflicts and personality clashes will occur in business. Try not to let them get the best of you. The quicker you move past them, the more successful you’ll be.
6. Show Your Appreciation for Others
Lebron has purchased many expensive gifts for his teammates and fought for them to get fair contracts. He’s undoubtedly shown appreciation and respect in countless smaller ways as well.
Showing appreciation to your colleagues and employees has so many benefits. It builds respect, loyalty, morale, productivity… and frankly, it makes you likeable.
7. Learn from Other People
Lessons can be learned anywhere, from anyone.
In his career, Lebron has sought the advice of many NBA legends, including Kobe Bryant and Jerry West. And he has learned and gained inspiration from his teammates as well.
No matter how successful you are, never believe that you have all the answers. Keep an open mind and seek out opportunities to learn from others.
Wrapping Up 7 Business Lessons You Can Learn from Lebron James…
Lebron James may be a once-in-a-lifetime athlete, but his incredible career is also packed with valuable lessons for business success. To recap, here are seven business lessons leaders can learn from King James:
- Have a passion for your business.
- Help your colleagues and employees raise their game.
- Find and provide whatever your business needs.
- Keep pushing forward even when times are tough.
- Let go of ill will and grudges.
- Demonstrate appreciation for the people you work with.
- Use other people’s knowledge to grow.