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LEADERSHIP IS A PROCESS OF SOCIAL INFLUENCE, WHICH MAXIMISES THE EFFORTS OF OTHERS TOWARDS THE ACHIEVEMENT OF A SHARED GOAL.
Friday, August 06, 2010
Tony Dungy retired as coach of the Indianapolis Colts just two seasons after winning the Super Bowl. Since then, he's worked as an NFL analyst, a motivational speaker — and now, as a writer. His new book, The Mentor Leader: Secrets to Building People & Teams That Win Consistently is about the importance of mentoring.
In his book, Dungy cites former Pittsburgh Steelers coach Chuck Noll as someone who taught him a lot. Dungy played briefly for the Steelers, and then coached under him until Noll's retirement.
"He knew how he could help people," Dungy says. "He was a teacher, he was a guy that was very good at selecting people, getting them to fit in — he wasn't the guy that was going to sit there and motivate you intrinsically. That wasn't what he was best at. So he hired people that were good at that."
Noll even hired other, more motivational speakers to come in and address his team before games.
"That's part of being a good leader as well," Dungy says. "Recognising your strengths and making sure you utilise them, but also recognising your weaknesses and coming up with ways to overcome that."
When he retired from football, Dungy cited the all-consuming nature of being a head coach as one of the reasons for his departure.
For excerpts from the book, please go to: http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=129000617