Last night LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers won the NBA Championship. After being down 3 games to 1 to the Golden State Warriors, they came back to win to earn the city's first championship in 52 years.
After the game, it was clear that this was the sweetest victory of LeBron's storied career. Unlike those other championships he won in Miami, this one was oh so much sweeter because this one was for Cleveland. This one was for Ohio.
When it was all over, most of us who watched were in a state of disbelief. No team had ever been down 3 games to 1 and gone on to win a championship. But none of those teams had LeBron James.
To me, LeBron James is the epitome of what it means to be a leader - not because he is the best player on the floor or because he directs much of the offense when they have the ball. LeBron James is a leader because he makes everyone around him better.
For as long as I can remember, LeBron has had the gift of helping everyone around him become a better version of themselves. Of course he scores a lot of points and gets a lot of rebounds. But the stats don't lie- he makes a LOT of assists. He gets other players involved. He is always looking to give up the ball if he thinks one of his teammates can make a higher percentage shot.
LeBron is equally inspiring. He lifts up his teammates and motivates them to up their games and go farther than they thought was possible.
His leadership skills don't stop there. We all know that LeBron is a tremendous player and probably one of the best that's ever lived. But what does he do when he is asked what propelled his team to victory? He deflects the credit away from his himself and gives it to his teammates.
When his back was against the wall he put his team on his back and walked away with the championship trophy as well as the MVP, thus cementing his legacy among the best that have ever played the game.