“Champions are probably the most influential factor in creating a synergistic relationship that achieves a mighty purpose. Without at least one accomplished champion, the chance of successfully sustaining, nurturing, and transforming an alliance is virtually nil.” – Robert Porter Lynch, How to Foster Champions
Porter goes on to explain some key characteristics of champions, summarized below:
Confident Optimist with “Can Do” Attitude
Team Player, Creates buy-in
Focuses the team on initiating things for the Greater Good
Passionate and Charismatic Crusader with powerful belief systems
Entrepreneurial, Risk Taker
Innovative and Creative
Tenacious, Perseverant, Loves Challenges
Sees adversity as opportunity
Champions are the passionate pioneers, the discoverers, the learners, the ones who will never accept mediocrity and are even willing to destroy what they’ve built in order to build something greater.
Does your team have a champion? Do they fit Porter’s profile? Share your thoughts below.