Wayne Gretzky

"The Great One"


Wayne Gretzky, born on January 26th, 1961 in Brantford, Ontario was arguably the greatest hockey player in the NHL. Since the age of just two years, Gretzky learned how to skate. Growing up, Gretzky would spend countless hours on the ice practicing. He was involved in many recreational, and also competitive leagues. From there, he went on to become one of the greatest hockey players ever.

Initiative and skill is key

Wayne Gretzky was the captain of three NHL teams, the St Louis Blues, Los Angles Kings, and the Edmonton Oilers, where he first started his career as a professional hockey player. Gretzky honestly wanted the best for his teams, so, he took the initiative to step up and led his teams to victory. This initiative, along with his amazing skills granted him his strong and lengthy position as captain.

Lead from the front - but don't leave your base behind

In the 2002 Olympic games, Gretzky demonstrated lesson number two from the eight lessons of leadership; lead from the front - but don't leave your base behind. When no one else would, Gretzky pushed and encouraged his team to play at their full strength to meet the one common goal, to win, which ultimately did become a reality. This demonstrates lesson two because he led the team and drove them to success, however, he didn't leave his 'base', in this case team behind. In other words, he led the team to victory with the help of his team mates who play the position of Gretzky's base.

Lead from the back - and let others believe they are in front

Although not applied directly, Gretzky was a leader who lead from the back but convinced, and also let others take charge and have their time to shine. This is all shown in his stats; his number of his assists is almost double his amount of goals scored. This shows lesson number three, lead from the back - and let others believe they are in front in the way that he led them to victorious games by assisting more than scoring himself, letting others to believe that they are in the front and they are also skilled players.

This is discussed in the video below:

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Know your enemy - and learn about his favorite sport

This related perfectly on how Gretzky led his teams. Along with the coach and other team mates, Gretzky would get to know his opponent, or in this case, his 'enemy'. It's a given that the opposition would be biased to hockey as their favorite sport, so, with this, Gretzky would have the knowledge of his enemy's favorite sport, and also a record of all the oppositions' plays. Although the plays were not exchanged from player to player, it's recorded and is shown to players so they can make a strategy against them, just like the fourth lesson.

The Great One

Of the eight lessons of leadership, these were just three that were demonstrated by The Great One, Wayne Gretzky. Leading from the front, but not forgetting his base, leading from the back and letting other believe they are in the front, and finally, knowing his enemy and learning about his favorite sport are all the skills that Gretzky possesses. In addition, his initiative, drive, passion, skill, and amazing leadership has made him the man who he is, the one who shattered almost all NHL records. These three proofs show people how much of a great leader, or captain Gretzky truly is.


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