The secret formula for good leadership – the thing that helped me lead the Rangers to a Stanley Cup victory – was the ability to take into account all of the distinct entities that made up a team.

I had to shore up each player, each formation, knowing that they all had a complex history, a variety of talents, idiosyncrasies, and concerns to bring to the game.

You need to advance this holistic approach, remembering that reaching success requires the alignment of your most valuable players and strategies, the elimination of those who underperform, and a clear vision on moving forward.

When you keep it all in perspective, you will always score.

  • “Neil Smith was able to do what no other general manager could in 54 years for the New York Rangers-win the Stanley Cup! It was Neil's bold approach to changing the culture that allowed the team to galvanize into champions.”