Words to live (and lead) by from Legendary Football Coaches

As we dive back into the hustle and bustle of the fall and say goodbye to yet another summer season, one thing we can all get excited about is the pending start of college football season.  In order to prepare ourselves for this shift back to “the busy season” (and college football!), let’s take a minute and draw a little inspiration from some of college football’s most legendary coaches:

Paul “Bear” Bryant

“You must learn how to hold a team together. You must lift some up, calm others down, until finally they’ve got one heartbeat. Then you’ve got yourself a team.”

Whether you’re managing football players or your staff, these words apply to all teams. Everyone needs to learn to work together. Balance strengths and weaknesses, support and lean on one another in hard times. These key traits of a solid team apply to any group of people trying to achieve the same goal.

Knute Rockne

“Build up your weaknesses until they become your strong points.”

“Leaders are like eagles... they don't flock. You'll find them one at a time.”

Good leaders and solid employees don’t join your team suddenly, you have to put the work in to find them. When you do get a quality leader, nourish and encourage them. When you identify weak points in your team,  inspire them. If you can do that, you will build more confident employees and a stronger team.

Joe Paterno

“Success and excellence are not the same. Excellence grows within a person, is largely within that person's control, and its meaning lasts. Success is measured externally, by comparison to others, is often outside our control, and is perishable.”

“We need people who influence their peers and who cannot be detoured from their convictions by peers who do not have the courage to have any convictions.”


Woody Hayes

“Nothing that comes easy in this world is worth a damn.”

“The only thing even in this world is the number of hours in a day. The difference in winning or losing is what you do with those hours.”

Expecting greatness without putting in the work is futile. Do you want your dream team? You will need to work hard to find the right people to fill the right seats. As a leader, your jobs begins with the hie. Every day, and every hour, you have to work, challenge and support your staff to grow into your ‘dream’ team.

Bo Schembechler

“Every day you either get better or you get worse. You never stay the same.”

“Not making a decision is the worst thing you can do. So long as you feel you made the right decision based on the information you had at that time, there's no need to fret about it. If it fails, you'll know what to do next time.”


Lou Holtz

“Ability is what you're capable of doing. Motivation determines what you do. Attitude determines how well you do it.”

“Winners embrace hard work. They love the discipline of it, the trade-off they're making to win. Losers, on the other hand, see it as punishment. And that's the difference.”

“I never learn anything talking. I only learn things when I ask questions.”

These great minds know a thing or two about putting together a functional, supportive and driven team. Although you’re likely not putting together a team of highly-skilled athletes required to work together on and off the field, you are building the team that will influence the direction of your business. The people you hire directly influence your excellence, strengths and overall culture of your organization. Is it time to find your next team member? Start with a free job post on Glidepath!

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