All great teams have great leaders. Actually, all teams have many great leaders.
In order for a team to be successful in any field, whether sports or not, different people will have to step up when the time is needed. But all teams need that one person they look up to, and Duke has Mike Krzyzewski, one of the greatest leaders in college basketball history.
Coach K has recently become a philosopher of leadership, offering insightful quote upon quote on how one can truly be a leader. While he is the unquestioned authority, Coach K does an amazing job of empowering everyone from assistant coaches to players to managers to take command when they are needed. Every player on the team is able to turn into a leader.
But when the players are on the court, they know they have to look to each other as the ones that will truly affect the outcome. Coach K can guide them, but success or failure is always ultimately in the players’ hands.
This is why it is so important that basketball teams have strong on-court leadership. Other players will always listen to a lesson given by a teammate who shows his methods work on the court.
Duke has had many great leaders during the program’s storied history; here is my top five.