“It’s like when you come in as a new employee and new worker, these older players, they don’t want to hear what you have to say. They want to see what you’re going to do. They want to see you there early at practice. They want to see your nose in your playbook. They want to see that you know what’s going on—that you’re going to get up from hits. That you’re going to take accountability.”
— Peyton Manning, now quarterback for the Indianapolis Colts, on what he learned when he was named starting quarterback for the University of Tennessee his freshman year. Manning and his father, former quarterback and coach Archie, recently spoke about their own lessons in leadership to 5,000 MasterCard employees. The talk was part of a series of forums with leadership experts hosted by CEO Bob Selander. The MasterCard chief is doing just fine: The stock is up 63% in the last 12 months.