Nick Saban is the head coach of the University of Alabama football team and has won two national championships in the past three years. He spoke in Mobile, Alabama this past Monday evening for a charity fund raiser and had this to say about leadership. I think he is spot on.
“If you’re going to be a good leader,” Saban said, “you’ve got to have vision, you’ve got to have a plan, you’ve got to set a really good example for other people, you’ve got to hold people accountable, and you have to have some very defined principles in your organization so everybody can be accountable to them. The last thing you have got to do to be a good leader is, you have to serve other people. …”
Saban finished by highlighting Mike Gottfried (a former university football coach) as a good leader. It was Mike’s charity that Coach Saban was there to support. The charity is Team Focus and strives to provide positive role models for fatherless boys. Here is a link to the web site if you would like to read more about their efforts. Team Focus