Peyton Manning Syndrome
There are two different arguments for how to be a leader: be the "linchpin" – someone irreplaceable, uniquely specialized and incredibly talented or the opposite: someone whose goal is to build a program that is systemized, sustainable and not personality based.
I was watching NFL football with my husband over the weekend and he commented that the Indianapolis Colts have not won a game this season although last year they made the playoffs. The difference? This season Peyton Manning (the team’s MVP quarterback) is not playing due to next injuries. He continued that Peyton may be eligible for this year’s MVP award even though he hadn’t even played one minute of one game this year due to the fact that without him, the Colts are 0 for 12.
Although I admire Peyton and his leadership, I couldn’t help but feel sad for the him. Imagine the pressure of a whole football franchise dependent on your skills? How could a good head-coach put his whole team in jeopardy by building the team around one key player?
It is important to be the best you can be but if you’re the only one who can do it I believe that puts your business in a very dangerous position.