Ted Lasso, the popular and critically acclaimed Apple TV+ series, follows the story of an American football coach, played by Jason Sudeikis, who is hired to manage an English Premier League soccer team. The show has captured the hearts of audiences around the world with its humor, warmth, and powerful lessons on leadership.

In the following, we will take a close look at the show’s protagonists’ philosophy (borrowing a few quotes by the man himself), analyze why Ted Lasso is the ultimate leader and how HR and L&D professionals can learn from his unique leadership style.

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Ted Lasso’s Leadership Qualities

Ted Lasso’s leadership qualities are every HR experts dream as they tick every box of what an ideal manager should bring to the table. They can be sorted into these five categories:

1. Empathy and understanding

One of Ted Lasso’s most valuable leadership qualities is his ability to empathize with others. He genuinely cares about the well-being of his players, fellow coaches, and team staff, and consistently demonstrates understanding and compassion.

2. Optimism and positivity

Ted Lasso is known for his relentless optimism and positive attitude. He faces challenges and setbacks with a smile, and his unwavering belief in his team’s abilities inspires those around him to be their best.

"You know what the happiest animal on Earth is? It's a goldfish. Y'know why? It's got a 10-second memory. Be a goldfish."

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3. Humility and vulnerability

Ted Lasso is not afraid to admit when he doesn’t know something or when he’s made a mistake. His humility and vulnerability create an environment in which others feel comfortable opening up and sharing their thoughts and feelings.

"I shouldn't bring an umbrella to a brainstorm."

4. Ted Lasso on Adaptability and resilience

Despite being an outsider in a new country and unfamiliar sport, Ted Lasso demonstrates remarkable adaptability and resilience. He is always willing to learn and grow, and he encourages his team to embrace change and overcome adversity.

5. Strong communication and active listening

Ted Lasso is an exceptional communicator who actively listens to those around him. He values input from his team members and ensures everyone has a voice in decision-making processes.

"Boy, I love meeting people's moms. It's like reading an instruction manual as to why they're nuts."