The Sport of Leadership

I firmly believe that any man's finest hour, the greatest fulfillment of all that he holds dear, is that moment when he has worked his heart out in a good cause and lies exhausted on the field of battle - victorious. ~Vince Lombardi 

I am big fan of sports and the psychology and leadership of sports. I have blogged a few times in the past about John Wooden and his Pyramid of Success and I recently started reading the autobiography of Vince Lombardi "When Pride Still Mattered", who is arguably the most famous of coaches and whose style has long been replicated. It's a good read -  I highly recommend.

His principles, What it Takes to Be Number One are universal truths and apply to work and sports.



As a big Notre Dame fan,  I really liked the series of blog posts from the Corporate Executive Board and Scott Engler (he is also one of the proprietors of Notre Dame community NDNation.com) about Irish coach Brian Kelly. They outline in a very clear manner the leadership principles and philosophy of Coach Kelly.

All of it is a terrific reminder that the essentials of leadership and accountability are easy. It's the daily application that is difficult, requires constant discipline and separates good from great.


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