PMP:015 Lessons in Leadership from a Champion Racehorse Team

In episode 15, I share leadership lessons from a championship team.
In this case, the team is three men and horse found in Laura Hillenbrand’s classic biography, Seabiscuit. The lessons from this amazing book also apply to any team–including your school teams: principals, counselors, teachers, staff, etc.
To see the original post that accompanies this audio-version, go here.
Here’s a summary of the show-notes for this episode:

10 Lessons from Seabiscuit

1. People can accomplish amazing feats when they’re unified around one cause.
2. Sometimes your weaknesses can also become your assets.
3. Any success requires risk.
4. Loyalty and trust are the hallmark of winning teams.
5. Believing and acting on dreams is what separates fantasies from realities.
6. Publicity is a great tool for motivating support for your cause.
7. Losing a battle doesn’t mean you’ve lost the war.
8. Sometimes your greatest defeats become your greatest opportunities.
9. Success is contagious.
10. Legacies are built over time, not just in one moment.
Hillenbrand’s fantastic book can be found here.


As you lead your school, don’t forget that even racehorses can teach us lessons. Let’s rally around our school teams to accomplish great things together.

Now It’s Your Turn

What are some lessons from others’ victories and challenges that inspire your own leadership? Even a horse and his team can teach us valuable lessons for our own adventures ahead.

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William D. Parker
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