13 Nov 2020

What Would Tony Dungy Do?

When it comes to leadership lately, there are a lot of bad examples. Just turn on your TV or check your social media feed. The truth is, good leadership isn’t rocket science. Anyone can do it. But you do need intention, consistency, and dedication.

When Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota invited Coach Tony Dungy to speak as a special appearance to its 1st Tuesday series, I had to get my ticket. The free Zoom session was just what I needed on a date that turned out to be a couple months before Election Day 2020, and I found myself in need of a jolt of some kind.

Coach Dungy was humble and directional in how he shared his past as well as his current way of living life. A key theme in his journey was how a coach would see talent in him–whether he was a football player or assistant coach–and give him a hand up, not a hand out. This challenged him and made him better. Coach Dungy also relied on the basics. You see that with all of the great ones. They don’t arrive at elite status without putting in the actual work. Something I hope we all can keep in mind as we deal with the challenges of 2020 and beyond.

Do yourself a favor and watch his conversation with Dean Sri Zaheer here as well as the Q & A with his virtual audience. Then, thank a coach or teacher in your life for helping you get to where you are today.

“Tony’s message on the importance of goals, integrity, discipline and overcoming adversity are good reminders for us all. He has accomplished much in his life and we’re proud to see how he continues to be a force for good in our world.” 

– Dean Sri Zaheer, U of MN Carlson School of Management

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