There are as many kinds of leadership as there are responses to success or failure. Some leaders are overwhelmed by success, others hollowed out by defeat. Exceptional leaders maintain composure, focus, humility, and ambition, too, no matter what the circumstances.
EARLY October 2009, Munster had just been hockeyed 30-0 by bitter rivals Leinster. Jean de Villiers, their high-profile high-cost South African signing, had had a nightmare as himself and centre partner Lifeimi Mafi got thoroughly outplayed by the D’Arcy/O’Driscoll pairing.