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Kobe Bryant says developing this key trait turned him into a leader

Source | | Courtney Connley

Five-time NBA champion Kobe Bryant recently paid a visit to University of Alabama’s locker room, where he delivered an inspiring pep talk about leadership.

Bryant, who played 20 seasons with the Los Angeles Lakers, told the college football players the leadership advice that helped him to succeed in his career: “To be an effective leader, you have to be a really good listener,” he said. “And not to what’s being said, but to what’s not being said.”


Bryant explained that understanding this concept led to a big transition for him. He said he “went from being a scorer and a floor general with Pau [Gasol] and Lamar [Odom] while trying to win a championship to being a leader.” He emphasized how that “meant putting others first” and not worrying about if you’re succeeding, but rather worrying about if your team is succeeding.

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