Wayne Gretzky

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Who is wayne gretzky?

Wayne Gretzky was a Canadian born ice hockey player who played 20 seasons in the NHL, dating from 1979 to 1999. Gretzky has been considered by many to be the best hockey player ever to play the game. Up to this date, Wayne Gretzky holds 61 NHL records and many of them might not be broken ever. His amazing play earned him the nickname "The Great One". Gretzky was born in Brantford, Ontario and he practiced his hockey in a backyard rink.
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What was he involved in?

Wayne Gretzky became a icon not only in Canada, but for fans around the world only by portraying his hockey skills to everyone. He brought a talent to hockey which no other could possess in a lifetime. He changed the entire game and which seemed to inspire thousands if not millions of people around the world. He showed the world that you didn't have to be the most muscular man or the speediest person to perform at a level where no one else would be on par with you.

what did he do to make him a leader?

Wayne Gretzky was not the strongest man, nor was he the fastest, he wasn't even the tallest, but what he did to make him so great was that he studied the game very well, his hockey intelligence was so high that he knew what was going to happen. He was always thinking one step ahead. He knew when and how to dodge and get by a player, he would know exactly where the puck would land, and he knew when to make the right move. This was a change for hockey because people started to realize that intelligence was a big part of the game, and that you can be great by just having high intelligence of hockey, and so many people decided to follow his footsteps and study the game.

How did people see him as a leader?

People noticed many things that Gretzky would do to try and improve. He became a better player each time he stepped on the ice. He showed so much dedication to hockey which made people admire him even more. Gretzky overcame obstacles that he faced during his career, one being his size because he didn't have the best stature compared to some others in the league. He continued to become better even after he was traded. And people loved that he never gave up on himself. He made all the games intense and brought excitement to fans around the world. Gretzky mentored the new players to the league and made them better. He made his teammates better with his style of play. This is how people saw him as a leader, And this is why he was and still is the face of the league.
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Leadership Traits

Gretzky was known as a leader from when he entered the league. He changed the game and made it fun to watch. He inspired many around the world to follow their dreams. Here are some of the things that he did to make him a great Canadian leader

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

The way this lesson applied to Gretzky was that he always got his teammates involved. Whenever he was on the ice, he always made his teammates seem better than they really were. Thus why he is the regular season leader in assists. All the fans knew that Gretzky was the best player on whatever team he was on, but Gretzky never revolved everything around himself. He always wanted his teammates to perform well and get better. They saw him as their mentor and he would give them new assets to get better. This is one of the traits that Wayne Gretzky showed to make him a great leader.

Courage is not the absence of fear-it's inspiring others to move beyond it.

Wayne Gretzky wasn't the strongest or fastest guy. What he showed was that he knew the game of hockey much better than others. He was never afraid that he would be overmatched by the other players. What brought him to being the great one was hard work, dedication, motivation. People started to realize that if they follow their dreams and go on with the right path, they can get to where the want to be. People learned from Gretzky not to fear what will happen and to keep going on until you get there.

Quitting is leading too.

Wayne Gretzky had such a big impact as a player in the NHL, that when he announced his retirement, it was very saddening to hockey fans and it was the end of a fantastic era to be a hockey fan. But Gretzky didn't want to quit there, he became a part as a coach or an executive. He decided that he would take his great knowledge of hockey to give it to other players. Even though he was the greatest, he still wanted others to live up to his success as well. Even though his coaching career didn't go so well, it was a classy move for him to even continue his career to make others great.

Conclusion

Wayne Gretzky was a great leader and he inspired many others to follow their dreams.
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