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3 Leadership Lessons from Tim Tebow

NEW YORK ( MainStreet) -- When you're a Jet, you're a Jet all the way.

Tim Tebow isn't officially a New York Jet as this goes online, due to some quirk in his contract that required the Denver Broncos to hold onto him until late Saturday afternoon. But it's safe to say Tebowmania is coming to the Empire State.

It's also safe to say the New York City media is going to have a field day with the rookie quarterback. Tebow will have to stick to his values if he is going to gain accolades from this town. But with so much talk of Tebow this year, are there lessons to be learned from Tebow's time as the Broncos quarterback?

For the latest in our series on leadership, here are three lessons from Tebow:

1. Being approachable means being transparent.
Timothy Tolan, senior partner at Sanford Rose Associates says Tebow's approachability, despite him being such a high-profile player, only means good things for him, for several reasons.

It means Tebow is open to learning approaches and strategies to make himself a better player. While so many other NFL players let their egos get in the way, "I get the sense that he is a guy that wants to learn and grow. He is very moldable," Tolan says.

A good business leader should be open to ideas and methods that ultimately gets the business to its goal.

Secondly, employees need to understand the motivations of their leader. "It's really important to be pretty transparent and let people know about the information -- the good, the bad, the ugly," Tolan says. "People really appreciate leaders that are transparent."

2. Maintain poise and perseverance, even in the face of adversity.
Being a business owner means you must run your company and lead your employees in good times and bad. Losing your cool when a major issue arises will not instill confidence in your subordinates. If you keep your head on straight, you're also less likely to make decisions based on emotions and more likely to think pragmatically.

"Sometimes you have to stick to your guns," says Mike Starich, president of Orion International , the largest military recruiter in the U.S.

"Let's say a leader comes up with a strategy and he has to sell it to the investors. He's going to face some tough questions and so he has to be able to -- especially coming out of this last recession, a lot of companies changed strategy to be able to handle that criticism of a company doing poorly -- defend what your current strategy is. It takes a lot of perseverance and poise," he says.

"In these press conferences, Tebow is always very upbeat, very poised, even in tough questions," Starich says. "He's eternally optimistic, even when things are looking down."