How to “Be a Leader in Every Way” and other Winning Advice from NFL Coaches
Coach Vermeil talked for over an hour about former Eagles. The other players and I listened intently to so many uplifting stories, so many glorious moments. Then it hit me. All I needed to write down on that pad of paper was this one phrase: “Be a Leader in Every Way.”
That was just as important as me working hard, learning plays, and performing well on the field.
How can you be a positive influence?
- Look at each of your team members as an individual with their own different motivations.
- Recognize individual employee contributions and how each has benefitted your company.
- Determine what drives a person and use that drive to help them reach their goals. For instance, if your employee wants to become a manager, lead them in that direction.
- Keep their eye on the goal and don’t lose sight of the big picture.
- Be a leader in every way by embracing the gifts of each employee.
Inspiration: Coach Marty Schottenheimer, Cleveland Browns
Lesson: Passionate people inspire passion in others.
While playing with the Cleveland Browns, our coach, Marty Schottenheimer, had this uncanny way of looking each of us square in the eye, like he was searching to see if he could find “the gleam.” He always told us, “There’s a gleam, we got to get the gleam. If I can see the gleam in your eye, then I can see the passion that you have for the game.”
And it wasn’t just on the field. He used to walk right up to us, no matter where we were, and determine if he could see the passion in our eyes. His standard of working with passionate players kept us eager. He wanted us to be developed as players and focus on the purpose.