There is a great scene early in the movie Remember the Titans where two teammates are in a huge disagreement. Gerry Bertier, the captain and star linebacker, who is white, is arguing one point with his teammate Julius Campbell, another talented linebacker, who happens to be black. Bertier is pressuring Julius to step up his game.
Julius counters with a different perspective reflecting on the clear lack of hustle between whites and blacks on their team. Because of the dysfunction, Julius openly wonders why he should care for anybody other than himself. In response, Bertier tells Julius, "That's the worst attitude I have ever heard." It's in that moment, you wonder if Julius is going to clock Bertier, but Julius responds candidly and calmly putting the pressure back on Bertier. "Attitude Reflects Leadership, Captain." Bertier is left standing there with no words. It's as if he got hit by a 2x4.
It turns out to be a powerful moment in the movie. A wake up call. At the next practice, Bertier, as one of the captains, involves himself in a way that no one had seen before: pressuring his fellow white players to step up their play; praising Julius and his other black teammates in their efforts. Very quickly, because of the attitude change by Bertier (and also by Julius in that same practice), you begin to see an attitude shift in the whole team!
Attitude is without a doubt is a difference maker. I truly believe it. The best advice I can offer is to share what I think are the 15 greatest attitude quotes of all time (including Julius's comment to Bertier). I hope these 15 quotes impact you as much as they have me. Let me know which attitude quote you like the most, or maybe one that I missed!
Let these quotes sink in. Reflect on them. And, as the Apostle Paul once instructed, let them "renew your mind." Allow your attitude to be your greatest strength. Then watch how your attitude will influence other things: your outlook, your circumstances, your business, your relationships, and your team! Always remember that "Attitude Reflects Leadership."
P.S. For more thoughts on how to truly cast the right attitude, you may want to take a look at my free resource on the 5 Essential Attitudes of an Influential Leader.
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