#MCM – Zinedine Zidane

As Napoleon is to a great political leadership legacy, as is our MCM to a great sportsman leadership legacy; our MCM is none other than the exceptional man of the moment, superb footballer turned incredible football manager Zinedine Zidane, nicknamed Zizou.

When asked what constituted success, Zidane’s response was: “Winning everything”; and that is certainly what he seems to be doing. In less than two seasons he has won two European Cups, the European Super Cup, the Club World Cup and the league title. On his 20th Champions League night, Zinédine Zidane left with his second European Cup – as many as Pep Guardiola, José Mourinho or Sir Alex Ferguson. To be mentioned amongst the greats in your field at the beginning of your career is something most spend their lives aspiring to do, the short time in which Zidane has accumulated these well deserved accolades have left many stating ” That Zidane the football manager (Real Madrid) is already outperforming Zidane the football player. Now if you know football, you’ll know that’s a very STRONG statement and a very exciting prospect for the sport. I for one hope this extraordinary crossover inspires us all to elevate and achieve, do not settle for being at the top in one sector; push yourself to achieve beyond the expected.

Here are 3 top tips to become successful in any and everything you do, as per Zizou:

The wisest say the lease – Often mistaken as shy in his footballer days, to a trained eye it’s acknowledged as a tranquillity, focus and certainty of self that has proven part of his success.

Don’t complicate it, don’t overload – As a manager he says messages expressed to footballers (his team/employees) should be limited to two clear concepts; beyond that you lose them. Keep it short and sweet and you’ll see sure and consistent responses.

. Empathise and encourage rather than impose – He has made it about them, always; he wants them to be themselves, to feel important, but he has to guide them. In this way they feel a freedom whilst being supported and encouraged to attain particular ‘goals’.

There is so much more to be said, but let’s not turn this into a pub debate (I don’t have the cans ready). Nonetheless, I am certain Zinedine Zidanes legacy will be one to inspire many for years and years to come.

Until next time be good to yourselves, kind to others and above all GROW DAILY.

Written by Karen Sherise


#MCM – Zinedine Zidane

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