If you’re reading this article, then you already know that the NFL’s Arizona Cardinals drafted Kyler Murray with the first-overall pick. And you also know that, after drafting Josh Rosen last year, this is the second year in a row that they’ve drafted a quarterback in the first round.
Only a few times in the past 50 years has an NFL team has taken a quarterback in the first round in back-to-back drafts. And now, according to Mike Florio of ProFootballTalk.com, the Cardinals have traded away Josh Rosen.
One reason why Murray and Rosen could not have coexisted is that NFL players and coaches have strong Power drives. Through research with thousands of employees and leaders, we’ve discovered that there are five major motivations that drive people’s actions at work; Power, Achievement, Affiliation, Security and Adventure. There’s an online test where you can assess your own drivers, called “What Motivates You?”
People who are driven by a need for power aren’t necessarily looking for a Napoleonic “I want to command the world” kind of dominance, but they do love to be in charge and will even choose a high-ranking title over money. They also want to direct others and to hold the authority to make decisions that impact others. The need for power often includes a desire to be revered and followed.
Power-driven individuals thrive when allowed to stand out and to be great. They embrace competition, want a clear path to advancement, and they dislike fuzzy organizational structures that lack clear decision control and lines of authority. Shared or team-based decision making is a turn-off for the power-driven individual. They don’t necessarily need to make every decision, if they know who, exactly, is in charge and making all the big decisions.