By Peter Jeff
The Leadership Mints Guy
Here’s an idea to spark greater performance. Reading time: 3:02
They were third stringers doomed to sit the bench for most of their college football careers.
But then new coach took over – a leader who understood his role in coaxing as well as in coaching, a leader who leveraged his emotional intelligence, his sensibility as much as his ability.
And that leader would go on to turn those no-name third stringers into first-line ringers against woeful odds. In pre-season polls pundits sentenced the team to the bottom half of the standings. They cited the team’s lack of overall size, depth and experience.
Nevertheless, Coach Paul Dietzel methodically coaxed and coached Louisiana State University to its first unbeaten, untied football season in 50 years. His feat in 1958 still resonates with leaders more than a half century later.
He is still teaching leaders the magic in doing more than simply motivating others to THINK they are better than they really are. He also stimulated them to ACT on that pretense with amazing competence. When you motivate, you persuade. But when you stimulate, you lead.
The most effective coaches lead. They stimulate ah’s and oh’s more than simply motivate with x’s and 0’s. They enable with a label. That’s what Coach Dietzel did in labeling his third stringers. He labeled his third stringers “Chinese Bandits” and enabled their awesome performance against overwhelming odds. Continue reading