Triple Crown Leadership

Triple Crown Leadership

The Triple Crown Takes Head and Heart

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Teams that win the Triple Crown of Horseracing exhibit more than just technical skill and “head” smarts. They also possess a certain quality of “heart”.

Recruiting, developing, and rewarding personnel for head and heart is the first practice of Triple Crown Leadership. Most organizations focus on knowledge, skills, and experience—“head” issues. Triple crown leaders, by contrast, recruit for those plus personal character, emotional intelligence, passion, and “fit” with the organization’s culture—people with both “head” and “heart.”

In honor of the possible Triple Crown victory at the Belmont Stakes this year—which would be the first such win in 36 years—we share an encore presentation of some of our prior reflections on the Triple Crown of Horseracing and the parallel value of head and heart in the pursuit of Triple Crown Leadership.

From July 11, 2012, featured on Bill George’s Blog

Keys to Great Leadership: It’s About Using Your Head — and Your Heart


From September 4, 2012

Leadership from the Whole Stable–Secretariat’s Legacy Renewed


From May 19, 2014

The Triple Crown of Leadership

Hats off to the teams that work (and win) with “head and heart”!


Bob Vanourek and Gregg Vanourek, father and son, are co-authors of and motivational speakers on Triple Crown Leadership: Building Excellent, Ethical, and Enduring Organizations, winner of the 2013 International Book Awards (Business: General). Twitter: @TripleCrownLead, @BobVanourek, @GVanourek

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