Leadership Changes the Game

There has been much in the news about Greg Schiano, head coach of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.  He has lost the respect of his players and last week it showed when they looked like they just quit on him during the game.  I hate to see players quit trying.  That is something that I find appalling.  With that being said, I actually get it in this case.  Greg Schiano has handled confidential situations with his players poorly and bad mouthed the fans in the media.

This will not help a coach get the respect of his players and therefore the players won’t want to play hard for him.

Unlike, Chuck Pagano who has earned the respect of his players in Indianapolis.  The Colts are a good team playing great because of the effort they put forth.  They respect their head coach and are playing as hard and disciplined as they can for him.

This is no different in business.  This is why there is so much talk about being a great leader.  Jim Collins pointed some of the same great leadership tactics in business that you see in football coaches in Good to Great.

Art Byrne is a great example of this in business.  He led by example.  Art gained the respect of the people working for him.  They followed because they wanted to and the results of that showed.

In business and in sports, a leader must show people their vision in a way that inspires and motivates them to want to go there…not be forced there.  Being forced never earns the respect of people.  People are smart and see when then are being disrespected.

Become a great leader and it changes how the game is played.

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Posted on October 28, 2013, in Communication, Leadership and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. Hi Matt

    Respect is something that you earn by first showing it to others. Great coaches can get average players to play well above what you should expect from them, the same is true about great companies. If Owners, Executives and Managers respect workers, they will get respect back, but it will actually go beyond that. In the end creating a culture of respect results in respect being shown to outside entities as well, when that happens suppliers become more willing to work with you to make things better, and customers and consumers become more loyal to you. Respect is the foundation upon which loyalty in the marketplace can be built. One careless act at the top and the whole system can implode rapidly leaving a powerhouse organization powerless to stop their decline.

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