The Golden State Warriors “Are” The Leadership Challenge

To live in the San Francisco Bay Area in 2017 likely means you follow the story of the Golden State Warriors…the world champion Golden State Warriors. The logos of this professional basketball team are everywhere, from billboards, to t-shirts, to graffiti. Their tag line is omnipresent…”Strength in Numbers.”

Golden State Warriors - Strength in NumbersPhoto from Business Insider

The Leadership of Coach Kerr

Over the last three years, this team has been to the Finals thrice and won twice (including this year). They’ve accomplished this success by being a cohesive team, and by having strong and effective leadership by head coach Steve Kerr. Reported in a recent Sports Illustrated article, Chris Ballard spoke with Coach Kerr about The Five Practices of Exemplary Leadership®, the core framework of The Leadership Challenge…

  1. Model the Way(that is, setting an example for how you want others to act)
  2. Inspire a Shared Vision(get buy-in for a common goal and believe in it passionately)
  3. Challenge the Process(see risks as opportunities)
  4. Enable Others to Act(empowering those around you)
  5. Encourage the Heart(focus on the humanity of people, and make them “feel like heroes”)

Upon hearing these five, Kerr paused and said “That’s basically who we are.” How’s that for an endorsement of the power of this framework?

Do you want to lead your team to be Champions?

Then perhaps it’s time for you to embrace The Leadership Challenge and The Five Practices of Exemplary Leadership. Learn more at or join us for the IMPACT! Leadership Summit.


Brett Cooper

Brett is the visionary President of Integris Performance Advisors, a professional development firm he co-founded to expand the existence of healthy organizations and great places to work. By creatively bringing together concepts from The Five Dysfunctions of a Team (by Patrick Lencioni), The Leadership Challenge (by Jim Kouzes and Barry Posner), and Lean Six Sigma, Brett and his team have influenced thousands of people in government, non-profits and corporate America to work together in more productive, more effective and more human ways. Outside of his role at Integris, Brett dedicates time to serving others in need. He is a volunteer coordinator for the East Bay Stand Down and Stand Down on the Delta, two non-profits serving the needs of San Francisco’s homeless Veteran population. He is also board member and financial sponsor for Partners in Sustainable Learning, whose mission is to bring early childhood education to marginalized communities in the developing world (current projects are underway in Nepal).