Tebow’s Tribe

Tebow’s Tribe

The media frenzy about Tim Tebow fascinates me. It seems that reporters can’t understand how he can be so popular when he (supposedly) doesn’t have the skill set to be a great NFL quarterback.

They’ve gone on and on about his horrible technique and inability to complete passes. And yet, since taking over as the Broncos starting QB, Tebow is 5-1, endearing him even more to his fans.

I’ll admit, the wins haven’t been pretty. But since when has that been important? It’s not a beauty pageant. It’s football. The objective is to win games. And Tebow’s winning—and driving his critics crazy!

But his teammates back him. They believe. They perform. They follow.

Tebow recently stated that the most important characteristic for a quarterback is leadership. In order for a team to reach its potential, the leader must help create a culture where individuals trust and believe in one another.

Tim Tebow consistently demonstrates key leadership principles that have helped bring the Broncos together in a way that positively impacts their performance. A tribe of men out to prove how together they can accomplish the extraordinary.

Walk in Humility

In every interview I’ve seen or read, Tebow talks about how he’s working each day to get better. He hasn’t inferred that he’s the next Manning or Brees. His only claim is that he’ll work hard and do everything in his power to get better. In a league brimming with athletes clamoring for opportunities to spout off about their greatness, Tebow’s humility is as stunning as the Rockies after a freshly fallen snow.

Humble leaders who admit areas of needed growth attract followers. 

Control the Controllables

Many aspects of this situation sit outside of Tebow’s control. He can’t dictate what the media, his teammates or fans will say. He can’t control decisions made by Broncos VP John Elway, or coach John Fox.

The only thing Tim Tebow can control is himself—his effort, his preparation, his responses. And he’s doing a darn good job. He’s always worked and prepared relentlessly, but his responses to all this media attention continue to impress me. With so many opportunities to retaliate in anger to his critics, Tebow has been nothing short of gracious at every turn.

Leaders who focus primarily on improving themselves attract followers.

Play with Confidence

Since he was 6 years old, Tim Tebow dreamed of being an NFL quarterback. He encountered lots of doubters along the way…many who said he should play linebacker instead.

But rather than giving in to other’s opinions, he kept working hard and believing in his skills—and he does have skills. You don’t win Heisman Trophies and National Championships without them.

He understands his strengths (and plays to them) and also knows where he needs to get better. But either way, in the huddle he projects confidence that he and his teammates have what it takes to win games.

Leaders who play with confidence attract followers. 

If you’re a leader and you want to inspire others to follow, walk in humility, focus on improving yourself first and play/work confidently. Before you know it, you’ll have a tribe too!


What other qualities do you see in leaders who are worth following?