|Wooden's Wisdom - Volume 10||Issue 503|
|Craig Impelman Speaking | Championship Coaches | Champion's Leadership Library Login|
GREAT LEADERS HOLD THEMSELVES ACCOUNTABLE (TONY DUNGY PART TWO)
John Wooden Video Clip (39 sec.): Coach Wooden is asked "What role has discipline played in your coaching success?"
Tony Dungy was head coach of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers from 1996 to 2001, and head coach of the Indianapolis Colts from 2002 to 2008. Coach Dungy became the first African American head coach to win the Super Bowl when his Colts defeated the Chicago Bears in 2007. Dungy also set a new NFL record for consecutive playoff appearances by a head coach in 2008 after securing his tenth straight playoff appearance.
In his book, The Leader Mentor, Coach Dungy points out the importance of a leader being accountable and not blaming others when things don't work out as planned:
"Being accountable is one of the most important things a leader can do. To me, it's closely aligned with character. It's hard to have true character if you can't be accountable. Too often, however, we've seen the contrary. "I didn't mean what I said." "It wasn't my fault."
In the NFL, it's not uncommon to see head coaches firing their lieutenants to save their own jobs. In fact, it's almost a postseason ritual. How many times have we seen a coach fire his offensive or defensive coordinators—or both! In many cases, the coordinator merely did what he was hired to do or was instructed to do each week.
Once, in Tampa, I allowed others to influence my decision to fire our offensive coordinator, even though I knew the coordinator was doing exactly what we had agreed he should be doing. I convinced myself at the time that I was saving other jobs by sacrificing one. That decision is still my single greatest leadership regret.
Nothing is more deflating to morale than to have a poor outcome pinned on someone who doesn't deserve it. It lacks integrity and it overvalues the outcome at the expense of the people, as well as the process. Most of the time, we are only judged on the outcome, whereas the only thing we can control is the process. Make your process the right one and stay true to it."
Do you hold yourself accountable?
Yours in Coaching,
All For The Best
Things mostly happen for the best.
Edgar Albert Guest (1881-1959)
For more information visit www.woodenswisdom.com
Email a Friend
Return to Issue List