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LEAD YOUR TEAM LIKE THEY’RE VOLUNTEERS (TONY DUNGY PART SIX)
John Wooden Video Clip (3 min. 45 sec.): Coach Wooden is asked: "Considering your Indiana origins, how did you get all the way to UCLA?" Long video but great story if you enjoy hearing Coach Wooden.
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 leading a team like they are a group of volunteers, as opposed to a group that "has to be there", can produce great results. In his book, The Leader Mentor, he explained it this way:
"For maximum achievement and sustainability, it helps to view your followers as volunteers, which requires a different aproach from the authoritarian or autocratic leadership used to characterize many organizations. That high-control management style might be appropriate in certain situations, but I don't believe that type of leadership has a long shelf life.
If you are trying to get the people you lead to go above and beyond their simple job descriptions, you must make sure they understand the ultimate organizational goal—your vision and mission—and believe in its importance until it becomes shared by all.
Viewing the members of your organization as volunteers—and really, they aren't far from it, given how transient the workforce is these days—forces you to see them in a different light. You'll begin to lead in ways that demonstrate respect and appreciation.
By focusing on persuasion instead of position or authority, you will move beyond fear or "the power of the paycheck" as motivators and begin to capture the hearts of the people you lead. They will recognize and appreciate your genuine concern for their welfare and growth—all of which will benefit the organization.
You must get to know the members of your team and learn how to energize them before you can expect them to buy into a common mission. You must be able to explain the mission in terms they can understand and persuade them that it is worth pursuing. You have to make it mean more to them than just a paycheck. To succeed as a leader, put other people first."
Are your team members as enthusiastic as a group of eager volunteers?
Yours in Coaching,
The Joys Of Home
Curling smoke from a chimney low,
Edgar Albert Guest (1881-1959)
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