Bill Belichick on Leadership

Bill Belichick, head coach for the New England Patriots, is an interesting guy.  William Stephen “Bill” Belichick (/ˈbɛlɨɪk/; born April 16, 1952) is an American football head coach for the New England Patriots of the National Football League. He also has extensive authority over the Patriots’ football operations, effectively making him the team’s general manager as well. Coaching continuously in various roles in the NFL since 1975, Belichick earned his first head coaching job with the Cleveland Browns in 1991. Following his firing in 1995, he did not serve as a head coach again until 2000 with the Patriots. Since then, Belichick has coached the Patriots to five Super Bowl appearances: victories in Super Bowls XXXVI, XXXVIII, and XXXIX, and subsequent losses in Super Bowl XLII and Super Bowl XLVI. He was named the AP NFL Coach of the Year for the 2003, 2007 and 2010 seasons. Belichick is the NFL’s longest tenured active head coach.

And of course he is a master manipulator of the media.  His personality is just effervescent 🙂

But he is an awesome leader.  Here is what Belichick said on leadership while delivering the keynote address at a sports medicine symposium in May.

“What I’ve always told our team, and what I thoroughly believe in, is that every member of our team — players, coaches, support staff and so forth – is a shareholder. They have a share in the team. Are they all exactly equal? Of course not, but they’re all shareholders. Every member of the team has an opportunity to show positive leadership or negative leadership. That’s really what it comes to. The question for that person is ‘How are they going to do that? How are they going to control that?’”

A winning approach I would say 🙂

And now some tuneage from The Killers in honor of Mr. Brightside, Bill Belichick 🙂

Enjoy the day.