Leadership Qualities of Nine Football Greats

By Dennis McCafferty  |  Posted 09-16-2013 Email

Sports metaphors are dropped all the time in business. (Probably too often.) But CIOs can't dismiss the clear connection between victories on the sports field and success in business. After all, a good number of marque athletes have launched outstanding "second careers" after they quit playing pro sports: Magic Johnson's many pursuits have included a national chain of movie theaters, a studio and co-ownership of the Los Angeles Dodgers and Lakers. Roger Staubach worked in real estate during his NFL off-seasons, and went on to sell his Staubach Company in 2008 for more than $600 million. For three decades, Gayle Sayers has run Sayers 40 Inc., a successful IT/cloud solutions and services firm. So with football season upon us—we know some of your IT employees are managing their fantasy rosters right now—it's a good time to examine the leadership qualities of NFL greats. Especially because the following nine characteristics of nine players and coaches (active and historic) are highly applicable to modern, organizational challenges. Ultimately, each current and future Hall of Famer highlighted here are defined by one unifying trait: A willingness, or obsession, to do whatever it takes to come out on top.

Dennis McCafferty is a freelance writer for Baseline Magazine.


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