In my next book on leadership (after the release of 40 days dd), I mention one thing every ‘wanna be’ leader must have in mind; and that is to learn to define success. No trophy? No Problem.

Jose Mourinho was controversially sacked at Chelsea (after winning, not one trophy, but trophies every single season during his time there). He was ‘successful’, but getting a sack is not a good reward for success right?

But consider David Moyes who in his 11 years at Everton did not win any trophy, but has been named the successor to Sir Alex Ferguson (SAF) at Manchester United. ManU is one of the biggest clubs in the world, with a rich heritage, English Champions, and nominating someone who hasn’t won a trophy in 11 years to manage it looks counter intuitive UNLESS success is being redefined. 

This is what SAF said about David Moyes

“”We unanimously agreed on David Moyes,” said Ferguson, who announced his retirement on Wednesday after 26 years as United boss. “David is a man of great integrity with a strong work ethic. I’ve admired his work for a long time and approached him as far back as 1998 to discuss the position of assistant manager here. “There is no question he has all the qualities we expect of a manager at this club.”


So let me highlight a few things that you should be focusing on too apart from WINNING

1.) Stability – It is the bedrock of sustained victory, but even before that, it calms everyone else around you. David brought stability to Everton and no matter how much we like yo-yoing around, people love stability and love to be around stable leaders.

 2.) Integrity – SAF said he [David] is a man of great integrity and if you are a football fan you won’t disagree with him.

3.) Required Skills – David wasn’t looking for a 1 hit wonder season, he was focusing on building lasting skills. When you remove the mentality of winning at all costs, you’ll be prepared for the long term and more importantly be able to maintain success when it comes.

4.) Redefining Success – You also have to redefine success to succeed as a leader. There is no right or wrong, but you have to be comfortable in your own skin, and stay committed to the course. Although he didn’t win any trophy with Everton, many around the world agree that he is right for the new job.

A commenter said this on the bbc website

David is a top man – net spend per year at EFC [Everton] 800K – done a great job building a club that was on its knees – I have a massive respect for the man and the manager – GOOD LUCK David MUFC have got a gem – as for European experience – what premier league experience did David have before joining EFC? Answer none.

Another Said this

Everyone talks about how hard it will be to replace Fergie at Man Utd. I genuinely think it’ll be harder to replace Moyes at Everton. Good luck to him – Clarky Sparky

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