Tony Dungy, retired coach of the Indianapolis Colts, spoke yesterday at the Willow Creek Global Leadership Summit with Craig Groschel. Dungy is one of the most admired and beloved figures in American professional sports.
He is releasing a new book entitled "The Mentor Leader - Secrets to Building People and Teams that Win Consistently." Here are a few excerpts:
In my life and career, I have seen all kinds of leaders, but the ones who have had the greatest positive impact on my life are the select few who have been no only leaders but mentors.
Character is tested, revealed, and further developed by the decisions we make in the most challenging times. We have to know what is right, and we have to choose to do it.
How you do your job has always been more important than what you do.
You don't win on emotion - you win on execution.
It's important to give people a certain amount of freedom - and the responsibility that goes with it - to allow growth to take place...in a common world, becoming an uncommon person begins by cultivating uncommon character.
I am a firm believer that the Lord sometimes has to short circuit even our best plans for our benefit.
Coach Dungy spoke simply but powerfully on the importance of being a mentor and having a mentor. He's an amazing man who stepped aside at the height of his success, but through the work he is doing now with kids, may be making the most lasting impact of his career.