When it comes to coaching a college football team, it is important to not only be a leader of men but also to be able to pass leadership qualities on to your players.
That, of course, is by no means an easy task. However, in a recent news conference, Minnesota football coach PJ Fleck described what he thinks leadership from his players should look and feel like.
“When you start seeing players respond to the leadership – it’s one thing to say stuff and think you’re being a leader – but when guys are infectious, and guys want to be like you, and then they react to what they want you to do, that is the sign of true leadership,” Fleck said.
“When you get people to do extraordinary things. When you get them to play above their capabilities, when you get to see them do things, and get them to do things that they normally don’t do. That’s when you know that guy has the whole team.”
He hit the nail on the head with that answer.
Watch Fleck’s full response below:
PJ Fleck (@Coach_Fleck) defines a leader as when “you’re infectious and guys want to be like you… when you get people to do extraordinary things.”
There’s a lot more to being a leader than having a “C” on your chest or yelling. pic.twitter.com/UnS6hszfkV
— Danny Schaechter 🦅 (@CoachDShack) April 16, 2018