Leadership Role of Bill Belichick

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Going into his tenth season as Head Coach for the New England Patriots, Bill Belichick holds one of the best records in NFL history. Born on April 16, 1952 in Nashville, TN Belichick has been with the National Football League for over thirty years. The mysterious head coach was raised in Annapolis, MD where his father Steve was a The Navel Academy football coach for thirty- three years. A high school graduate of Annapolis High, Bill went on to Phillips Academy, followed by Wesleyan University where he earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics in 1975. Throughout his academic years at Wesleyan, he thrived in sports like lacrosse, football, and squash.

After graduating from Wesleyan in 1975, Belichick took a position as a special assistant to the Head Coach of (Defense and Special Teams) for the Baltimore Colts. Since that position he has gone onto such positions as Defensive Coordinator, Special Teams, Linebackers Coach, Offensive Assistant, Receivers Coach, Assistant Head Coach, and Head Coach. In 1996 Belichick joined the Patriots as the Assistant Head Coach and played a large role in their Super bowl XXXI win over Green Bay, after a ten year lag. Since his reign as Head Coach for New England starting in 2000, he has led the franchise to the victory of three Super bowl Championships within a four year span, a record that only he holds in NFL history.

Belichick has the education and extensive experience to be a great leader. Although it is hard to determine what specific styles may be used by Belichick with his team on the inside, it seems safe to assume that he incorporates all three methods of leadership styles within the Army Leadership Handbook. There are certainly times where he expresses his intentions for the season with the team and explains how he plans to accomplish them. He works with the assistant coaches, the players, and the franchise owner directly to eliminate any potential threats against the...
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