Colonel Steele on Leadership

Colonel Gary Steele gave a keynote address to the Penn State Athletic Director’s Leadership Institute (ADLI) recently, sharing some insights on leadership. Col. Steele is the first African American to earn a varsity letter in football at West Point and went on to a successful career in both the military and corporate America. Some thoughts …

Powerful Delegation

Most leaders feel like there’s just not time enough in the day to get it all done. Yet, many have capable people around them who could help share the load! The challenge for those of us who like being in control is properly delegating responsibilities to others.

Creating Cooperation

Some coaches create a culture of competition where players with similar skills battle it out each day to get better. Other coaches (like the one I work for) recruit complementary parts instead, where each player brings a unique skill set to perform a role that complements those of her teammates. I like this philosophy because …

Listen Up!

Everyone knows that communication is a cornerstone of stellar leadership. Coquese is forever telling our Lady Lion point guards that they must lead on the court through communication. Sometimes we forget, however, that communication consists of more than just the spoken word. In fact, the other part of communication—listening—may be even more important.

Coaching Mental Toughness

Coaches know that talent gets a team only so far. Once teams get to a certain level, every team has talent. But championship teams have intangibles that set them apart from all the rest. One of those intangibles is mental toughness.   Last week, Lady Lion head coach Coquese Washington spoke to an Army ROTC …

5 Characteristics of a Champion

What a thrill to watch Tamika Catchings and the Indiana Fever win their first WNBA Championship! The announcers talked often about how respected Tamika is by other players and coaches in the league, and that certainly extends to her many fans.   There’s something in us that wants to see people like Tamika achieve their …

Maximize Your Opportunity to Lead

Last weekend at the A Step Up symposium, Big East Associate Commissioner Danielle Donehew spoke to the Director of Operations group about using their transferrable skills to transition to the next level of administration. She did such a great job that symposium founder Felicia Hall Allen asked her to make the same presentation to all the coaches. Lots of helpful information! Some snippets from my notes: