Monday, September 26, 2011

Lessons of Leadership from Coach Pete

A few years ago I had the opportunity to hear Boise State's head football coach Chris Peterson speak at a motivational seminar. Although I am a member of Bronco Nation and respect Coach Pete, anyone who heard his talk understands why Boise State is among the top teams in college football. Coach Pete is a quality leader who leads by example and asks that those under his direction follow suit.

Here are a few nuggets that I pulled from his presentation:

We have to be abnormal.

  • How do you set yourself apart from others?

Coach Pete says that we become abnormal by:

  • Simplifying our life.
  • Setting high standards.
  • Developing a quality work ethic.
  • Being disciplined.
  • Showing integrity (integrity always trumps loyalty).
  • Being committed (stick with your choices).
  • Being honest (free from deception).
  • Exhibiting humility (low ego and no sense of entitlement).
  • Being courageous (follow your conscience instead of the crowd).
  • Showing respect (treat all like they are important).
  • Have patience (show self-control).
  • Forgive (let go of resentment).

He also talked about creating the Bronco culture. His philosophy includes:

People

  • Building a culture starts with people.
  • Know your missions and goals.
  • Have total buy-in.
  • Drive to be the best.

Unity

  • Trust each other.
  • Control ego.
  • Candor and friction are good if ego is in check.

Responsibility

  • No one area is more important than another.

Creativity

  • Eliminate staleness and stagnation.

Competitiveness

  • A competitive spirit is good.

Enjoyment

  • Appreciate the struggles and setbacks.

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