The Culture of Leadership
September, 30, 2010
This paper is a look at some of the leadership lessons I have learned from researching Tony Dungy. Included in the text is some information about Tony’s life, leadership traits, and how he went on to successfully impact many lives of others through his accomplishments as an NFL Coach and family man. I have taken the information I learned about Tony and have included some examples of how I have applied my leadership skills to my life situations. This paper focuses on three main areas in the paper, and from there added my real life experiences, followed by a conclusion.
Leadership Lessons: Tony Dungy
Tony’s life and NFL Career
Tony Dungy grew up in Jackson, Michigan. He got married and had five children – one of which tragically committed suicide in 2005. Tony was devastated, but stayed strong and worked through the rough period with his family. Tony also was a huge supporter of many charities. Tony attended college at the University of Minnesota, which started his career in football. From college, Tony went on to play for the Steelers and 49’ers, before returning to Minnesota to begin his coaching career in 1980. Tony went on to hold various coaching positions with other teams such as the Steelers, the buccaneers, and then in 2002, he became head coach of the Colts. By 2007, Tony took his team to the Superbowl and became the first African American coach to win the Superbowl. In 2009, Tony retired after a thirty one year career in the NFL. Tony wrote a best selling book called “Quiet Strength” and it became a best seller. He shared his philosophies about football and life in the book. There are many things about Tony’s leadership style that I can learn from as well. There are three main lessons I have learned from researching Tony Dungy, and they are: 1) Give credit to those that you are leading 2) When times get rough,
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