When you’re watching sporting contests and comparing the expertise of each coaching team, it’s tempting to imagine the pre-game words of the coaches and think that the side that had the best motivational speech won.

These days, that’s rarely the case.

The team that wins is the one that is best prepared for the contest.

It’s the team that has worked the hardest on the training track.

It’s the team that plays for each other and has every participant fully understanding the importance of their role.

It’s the team that learned how to best recruit and harness talent.

If you want to become a better leader, don’t spend too much time preparing fancy words that will be forgotten in the heat of battle.

It’s the behind the scenes actions that will deliver the results that you want.