Last night, along with the majority of the sport-loving population, I watched the eagerly anticipated Super Rugby final.

An epic New Zealand versus Australia clash, the Chiefs came from behind to retain their Super Rugby title, winning 27-22 over the Brumbies.

I’m sure there are a few sore heads around the country this morning – and rightly so.

And in celebrating the victorious result, I was reminded of the similarities between elite athletes and effective leaders.

Here are 10 traits leaders can learn from sporting heroes:

1. Passion – wholeheartedly loving what you do.
2. Persistence – never give up. When the going gets tough, go harder.
3. Commitment – total dedication at all times.
4. Grit – knowing a bit of pain is necessary for results.
5. Discipline – knowing and following the rules of the game.
6. Listening – taking on board advice from the captain, coach, trainers and team mates.
7. Rest and recovery – performing at key games. Then knowing the value of rest and recovery.
8. Vision – the most effective way to develop cohesion is through unified vision – keeping an eye on the prize.
9. Teamwork – working together towards a goal. We can’t do it alone.
10. Performance – focusing on mind, body and spirit to achieve peak performance.

Congratulations to The Chiefs!