Much has been written and said in recent times on the Gold Coast Titans and their start recruit player, Jarryd Hayne. While much of the focus was on the relationship between and Hayne and coach Neil Henry, the fact that dumb leadership was seen at many different levels. There are lessons to be learnt for leaders at all levels.

Jarryd Hayne wasn’t the first, and won’t be the last player to be paid an absolute motza and perform to a standard that doesn’t reflect that. He won’t be the first player to be the brunt of the public and the fans expectations and then, of course, their derision.

He won’t be the first, he won’t be the last, he won’t be the focus of our article. He will get a mention as he was the Dumb Leader Player (the DLP), but we we also have the Dumb Leader Coach (DLC) and the Dumb Leader Board (DLB) I will lump the behaviours of the CEO into the DLB, as in this occasion he was simply just a front.

For those not familiar with the story, I won’t bore you here, but all the stories can be found here.  Our analysis is based on the stories within the news and is general in nature.

Let’s first look at the lessons from this saga.

Lessons from the DLB

  1. Recruit to the culture of the team. If the team has a culture of hard-working grind, then the star player must fit the culture. Otherwise the divide will come.
  2. Recruit and be clear on the priority behind the decision. Be clear on the performance measure. The decision behind the recruitment has been muddied because of the alleged boost to the marketing and ticket sales in 2016. It hasn’t helped 2017 though.
  3. Create a culture of vigorous debate within the confines of the leadership meetings, but once a decision has been made, you stick solid and work together to make it work as successfully as possible.
  4. The minute your ship starts leaking, it isn’t solid. The minute people external to the organisation start hearing the things happening internally, it’s time to plug the gaps.

Lessons from the DLC

  1. Be consistent in your application of the rules. Once a team member stands above the rules and the team you have trouble. You cannot play favourites.
  2. It’s great to have a leadership group and a self-managed team, but don’t punish a team for the misbehavior of the one. If the team is incapable of bringing the poor behaviour inline, punishing the team just builds division.
  3. Accept that as the leader of the team, it’s your role to build rapport, trust and respect with every member. It’s your role to get the best out of every person.

Lessons from the DLP

  1. Set and live up to your own standards. Have pride in your role and be the team-mate others want to play alongside.