In a world that’s stuffed to the gunnels with serious leadership guides and stuffy corporate training, a refreshingly optimistic and moustachioed coach has emerged to show us that leading with heart and humour can be incredibly effective.
If you haven’t met Ted Lasso, the lovable soccer coach from the hit TV series, you’re in for a treat.
Here are 10 things we can learn from Ted Lasso’s leadership style that might just change the way we see the world of Leadership:
1. See the Good
Ted Lasso’s unwavering positivity is his superpower. In the face of adversity, he maintains a bright outlook that’s infectious. Imagine the impact we could make in the working world if all leaders bought this positivity teams’ daily lives?
2. Focus on Potential, not just Performance
Ted genuinely cares about his players as individuals. He invests time in understanding their personal lives, motivations and what’s holding them back. It’s a reminder that leadership is about more than just bottom-line results—it’s about nurturing human potential; then the results take care of themselves
3. Build Relationships with Empathy
Ted always makes time for his team members. He listens, understands, and supports everyone around him. His empathy helps him build strong connections, creating a culture of trust and open communication. He sees the best in people, and is gracious in offering understanding and forgiveness
4. Lead by Example
Ted doesn’t ask his team to do anything he wouldn’t do himself. He embodies the spirit of hard work and commitment, setting a powerful example for his players. He’s not afraid of holding his hands up when he’s made a mistake, and shares his own failures and learnings openly
5. Adapt and Overcome
When faced with unfamiliar territory (like coaching soccer when he’s a football coach!), Ted focuses on what’s possible. He tackles challenges head-on and embraces the opportunity to learn and adapt. In Ted’s world, there’s always a way, you just need to find it
6. Authenticity is Magnetic
Ted is always unapologetically himself, quirks and all. His authenticity resonates with others and makes him relatable and likeable, which draws people in and makes them want to follow his lead. He’s a master storyteller, and uses stories to help others self-discover
7. Humour breaks down barriers
Ted’s humour lightens the mood and creates a sense of camaraderie. Laughter helps dissolve tension and reminds us that it’s totally possible that hard, serious work can coexist with a good chuckle
8. Treat everyone equally
Ted treats everyone with the same level of respect, which encourages a sense of unity and togetherness. It makes the team around him feel like they belong, creating an environment where everyone can truly shine
9. Patience is a Virtue
Ted knows that growth takes time. He doesn’t rush progress but nurtures it gradually, believing that small steps lead to lasting change
10. Celebrate Wins, Big and Small
Ted knows the importance of celebrating achievements, however big or small. This reinforces positive behaviour and creates a culture of appreciation. His response when things go wrong is telling – rather than see failure as a weakness, he shows others that it’s an opportunity to learn and grow
In a world where we’re constantly bombarded by high-pressure leadership tactics, Ted Lasso’s approach is a true breath of fresh air. His unconventional methods remind us that leadership isn’t about being the loudest or the most aggressive—it’s about being genuine, caring, and dedicated.
So, let’s take a page from Ted’s playbook. Let’s lead with positivity, build relationships that matter, and treat each day as an opportunity to make a positive impact. Whoever you’re leading, the Ted Lasso way of leadership just might be the secret to creating a happier, more motivated, and more successful team around you.
Our working world has changed dramatically, and it can be hard to find humour and to see the positive. But Ted Lasso’s character offers us a valuable lesson: some kindness, and a lot of heart can go a long way.
So, let’s put on our coaching hats and start leading with the Ted Lasso spirit: because we could do with a little more optimism, and a lot more biscuits.