Here's some more notes I took from Tony Dungy's interview at the Chick-fil-A Leadercast in May.
A good coach transmits his belief in his players – One of the
greatest things a leader can give to his followers is his belief in
them. I've been able to serve more people and help more people because
there have been people in my life who have believed in me more than I
believed in myself. One who comes to mind is my mentor, coach and
friend Steve Elliott. His belief in me and my ability as a leader has
encouraged me to help more people and serve more people than I probably
ever would have done on my own.
I didn't catch all of it, but
Coach Dungy shared this poem at the conference which I thought was very
I believe in you, we can make it happen, this is my
team, and we're going to get it done.
Character is caught and
taught – This firms up the belief that most of us realize that
people watch what you do more than they watch what you say. But they
will do both, and you can mold your team and your players' character by
modeling the character you want them to have and by affirming that character with words.
#1 because that's what is going to be with you for the rest of your life
– I need to focus on this one a little bit more. Because leaders
are so visionary, they often can get so focused on doing great
things and making a difference in the world that they forget their
family who is at home wanting their attention and love too. This is a
tough line to draw because leaders are required to spend so much time
at work, and that work can begin to consume us and become the
main priority in our lives.
God has put you where you are for a
reason and you impact more people than you think because people benefit
– While at my toastmasters meeting I heard a woman say, "Its not where
you are, it's where you are meant to be." It was pretty profound,
especially for me since I often have feelings that I should be doing
more and helping more people. But God always has us where we are for a
specific reason, and our job is to do the best to serve and help those