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GREAT LEADERS SEEK DIVERSITY (TONY DUNGY PART FIVE)
John Wooden Video Clip (3 min. 6 sec.): Coach Wooden is asked: "Did Bill Walton ever challenge you on your rules?" Great clip!!!
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.
Coach Dungy believes that having a team made up of people from diverse backgrounds is an advantage. In his book, The Leader Mentor, he explained his viewpoint this way:
"Diversity is not something we should merely accept as a legal mandate. Rather, we should recognize that our diverse backgrounds and life experiences enhance the synergy of a high-performing team.
Efficient, high-performing teams create a level of camaraderie. It isn't necessary that all teammates become the best of friends, but a level of respect and appreciation will characterize teams that are truly maximizing their output.
Differences among the team will enhance its drive for success, if handled properly within the context of the culture, vision, mission, and values of the organization. God created us each with different talents, abilities, and strengths. We are also unique in our life experiences, outlooks, and personalities. Because of our differences, we will excel in different ways.
Some things that are simple or obvious to me won't be for you, and visa versa. It's the combination of our diverse strengths that makes the team stronger.
There have been many great coaches in the history of the NFL and college football. Some have been master tacticians or great strategists, while others have not. Though mastery of the Xs and Os is definitely a part of the game, it isn't the primary characteristic of the all-time great coaches. Instead, what sets them apart is their ability to reach across a variety of backgrounds to get everyone on the same page."
Are you getting creative input from all the diverse members of your team?
Yours in Coaching,
He tried to travel No Man's Land, that's guarded well with guns,
Edgar Albert Guest (1881-1959)
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