The current health and economic challenges have everyone searching for the best approach to dealing with the crisis. A positive faith base and the key qualities of leadership and teamwork will direct us through these trying times.

We learned those qualities while participating in competitive sports. All great championship teams have great leaders to guide and direct them through the various ups and downs.

This quote, from an unknown author, hits the nail on the head: “Judge the leader not by the number that are led, but by the number that are served.”

We see examples every day in the dedication and leadership of the medical professionals all over the country. They serve with their hearts the same as athletic team members. They demonstrate passion in what they do and have the ability to share that passion with others in their arena.

We have a habit of placing athletes on a pedestal instead of people who are the real difference-makers in our lives. Sports fans are in the doldrums because their heroes are currently not able to play. It is time to admire the real heroes in our lives right now.

They are serving and sacrificing. They serve their patients with honor and respect. They respect authority and accept the judgment of others. Like professional athletes they are learning on the fly and adjust quickly. They do not have the proper equipment to compete with the deadly virus, but they continue to adjust to overcome this problem.

Good leaders do not make excuses or blame others. They move forward and grind until they have a resolution. Our medical heroes are in a dire fight for their patients every day. They are in the fight as a cohesive, effective and efficient team.

A team has the ability to beat any foe. The definition of teamwork is the combined action of a group of people, especially when effective and efficient. These teams are comprised of health professionals who have not left the hospital for weeks on end because they do not want to let their teammates down during the horrendous pandemic. No matter how you cut it, that is the example of true teammates.

There is a chart of life lessons taught by athletics. These medical professionals are touching all the points in this area. In order to be a great teammate you need to have confidence, work habits, accountability, discipline, toughness, pride, humility, leadership, service and selflessness. It is a willingness to sacrifice for the greater good of the entire team.

The act by the state of Oregon to send 150 ventilators to New York is a perfect example of teamwork and a united front. When the time comes, New York will help out Oregon without a doubt.

Times are trying, but the lessons of leadership and teamwork learned by Americans on athletic practice and playing fields can serve our country in this time of crisis.

Thanks to all the brave medical professionals for their leadership and teamwork. Be safe and stay home!

The quote of the week comes from businessman Michael Edwards: “Good men prefer to be accountable.”

– Tim Crone, a William Chrisman High School graduate, is a former activities director and coach for Blue Springs High School and is a host of a weekly radio show, “Off the Wall with Tim Crone,” on KCWJ (1030 AM) 6 p.m. every Monday. He writes a weekly column for The Examiner. Reach him at