Legendary NFL Coach Don Shula’s Leadership Lessons

Legendary NFL Coach Don Shula died on Monday at the age of 90. It was a sad day for sports fans everywhere, perhaps especially those of us in Florida. He was an incredible coach and, even more importantly, an incredible leader and human being.

Constantly strive for improvement. Players recall that Shula made extensive notes after every game. He was a detail guy. He never gave up trying to get better and to make those around him better.

In teams, the whole is greater than the sum of the parts.¬†Shula was famous for his “No Name defense back in the ’70s. There were no big superstars or “hot dogs” on his team, but collectively they were a force that could not be beaten. Each team member had strengths and weaknesses that complemented each other.

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