Leadership Lessons from Head Coach Jill Ellis

Jim Earle

Last week I wrote about Carli Lloyd and her great story of resiliency and hard work.  This week, we now know that Lloyd’s hard work paid off as she and her teammates are World Cup Champions. This is the ultimate prize for anyone playing soccer.  The United States national team certainly put on an outstanding display in the final game against Japan.  They avenged a 2011 loss to Japan in a game that was decided by penalty kicks.  But as impressive as our players were, head coach Jill Ellis may have been the real star of this squad.

Known for her open communication and attention to detail, Ellis made some great decisions in the quest for the World Cup. Not the least of which was her handling of Abby Wambach, the world’s leading international goal scorer (male or female).  Even though Wambach lost her starting role midway through the championship…

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