Last Minute Captain – Ryan Jones

Sitting in the Millennium Stadium on Sunday, I leaned that Sam Warburton, the Wales captain, had failed a fitness test and would not be playing.

Ryan Jones took over as captain, as well as playing out of position. His leadership included playing part of the match with a knee injury which meant that he could hardly run. Wales won.

Apart from celebrating the victory, there is a leadership lesson. In any organisation, the leader must be replaceable. They may move on, suffer illness or have an unfortunate encounter with a bus. One recent example is Steve Jobs at Apple – at least he had the opportunity to plan for his exit.

It is tempting to fall for the romance of the great leader model, but part of being a succesful leader is not have both contingency and succession plans in place.


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