Lessons from a Super Bowl Coach

After nearly 40 years in healthcare leadership, I continue to believe that most healthcare leaders do not spend nearly enough time and energy learning from outside the healthcare field.  If you ask most healthcare leaders to be honest about what they read, the conferences they attend, and the personal and professional development sessions in which they participate, you will find that most are very much within the healthcare arena.  Very little of most healthcare leaders’ ongoing development and education is outside the healthcare arena; this is not only unfortunate, it is personally and professionally limiting!


An article in the latest online Inc. publication provides good leadership food-for-thought from the world of professional football.  The article is titled 10 Leadership Lessons From a Super Bowl Coach.  The article provides specific detail and supporting background regarding each leadership lesson from New York Giants’ coach Tom Coughlin.  I encourage you to go to the article and read the detail.  The 10 leadership lessons listed in the article are as follows:

  1. Get the most out of the talent you have
  2. Run a strict meritocracy
  3. Encourage internal competition
  4. Spend hours scouting the competition
  5. Give underdogs an opportunity to shine
  6. Plan your game meticulously
  7. Get great at judging talent
  8. Emphasize the team over star players
  9. Master the art of bouncing back
  10. Take all the luck you can get


These principles are not limited to the realm of sports – they can and should be applied to any area!  There is no question that time spent discussing these leadership lessons with your team will pay handsome dividends now and in the future, for all concerned.  The Super Bowl last Sunday was one of the most exciting games in recent history.  The game is currently on the minds, and is the talk of millions of people, including many of those on your team.


Take advantage of a golden opportunity (recent, fresh, relevant, and the current buzz of the sports world) to discuss these leadership lessons with your team.  Specifically discuss the relevancy and improvement potential of each of these leadership lessons within your organization.

Print Friendly, PDF & Email
no comments
Add a comment...

Your email is never published or shared. Required fields are marked *

I am a leader, speaker, and author who is passionate about Leadership Excellence and Achieiving Greater Success. I am the author of the books Be An Inspirational Leader(2016) and Presidential Leadership (2013), and deliver keynote presentations on those topics and several others.

Featured posts


“Dan Nielsen is a gifted facilitator and inspiring presenter. He truly has a passion for leadership and for getting to the heart of the matter. He knows what it takes to motivate both individuals and groups and genuinely leads by the example he sets.”

Sharla K JonesVP, HR Learning & Development Manager, PlainsCapital Bank


“Dan is the ultimate professional. He has exceptional relationship development and group facilitation skills. He is a keen observer and is able to offer accurate insights into business relationships.”

- Brenda Moon, Vice President Client Executive, MedAssets


“Dan is a forward thinking leader who is optimistic, collaborative and open to change. He is trusted and respected by colleagues. His speaking style is enthusiastic, confident and engaging. You know that a successful outcome will be delivered when Dan is leading the way.”

- Rick Provencher, Director Member Solutions, Amerinet


“Dan is a great communicator and inspirational speaker. His message is positive and always very motivating. I recommend Dan to help any organization optimize their employees' potential.”

- John Penhollow, Director of Corporate Accounts, Medical Action Industriesi


“Dan is a gifted leader who has the extraordinary ability to develop a strategic vision and mobilize an organization to achieve it. He operates with great integrity and character. Dan completely understands business dynamics and utilizes that understanding to optimize exceptional leadership.”

- Stacy Shillan, IV Infusion & Respiratory Services, Walgreens


“Dan has a passion for leadership and for providing the tools for others to become effective, insightful leaders.”

- Linda DeWolf, Founder, Travel Well


More Testimonials>>