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From reading about Coach Dungy’s career he is the first African
America head


to ever win the Super Bowl in 2007.   Coach Dungy was born in Jackson,

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college career as a football player began at the University of Minnesota.  After his


career as a player he played in the NFL as a player for three seasons.  After


Dungy stopped his career as a player in the NFL he pursued a career as a NFL


coach.  He had an opportunity to become the head football
coach for the Tampa Bay


and the Indianapolis Colts.  Coach
Dungy was had parents that was both


educators for
their profession which he was brought up in the home where he was


getting a solid
education which important in their household. 
In his younger years


Coach Dungy was
an outstanding student and athlete.  He
displayed a leadership skill in


high school where
he was the student body president and captain of the athletic teams. 


Coach Dungy was
the starting quarterback in college for the University of Minnesota. 


Coach Dungy and
his wife are parents of six children. 
When Coach Dungy stepped down


as the Colts head
coach, he became an analyst for NBC Sports “Football Night in


America.”  Coach dungy is a committed Christian and
participates in several charity




              In the book it talks about the
leadership style and the dictation of how effective


a person could
be.  I think the mentor leaders seek to
have a direct, intentional, and


positive impact
on those they lead.  I have learned that
mentoring is all about building


character into
the lives of others, modeling and teaching attitudes and behaviors, and


creating a
constructive legacy to be passed along to future generations of leaders.  The


book discusses
about the mentor leadership that can be taught and learned; but in


order to be
absorbed, it must be practiced/focused on developing strengths of


individuals that
demonstrates genuine concern for development and success. 


            In Coach Dungy first five years with the Indianapolis Colts, he
has accomplished the


remarkable feat of directing his
team to both five straight seasons of 10 or more wins and five


straight playoff appearances.  Coach Dungy is very popular in the NFL for
his “soft-spoken style,


ever steady leadership and
commitment to balancing family with football.” 
He is also known


for being deeply spiritual man and
a dedicated father, and he was of course both shocked at


saddened by the death of his
oldest son who committed suicide in 2005. 
Coach Dungy started a


ministry called Campus Crusade for
Christ that was founded to “build on society’s great love of


sports and utilize the platform
given to the athletes to reach the world for Jesus Christ.”  In


some of his public speeches about
his oldest son committing suicide “eloquently and steadily,


speaking of lessons learned and of
the positives taken from experience.”


            One of my leadership principles is self-motivation because I want
to achieve above and


beyond expectations.  I feel with my career in coaching and
education that I am very


passionate, pride, and desire to
become better and the motivation to do things better than


everyone else.  My second leadership principle is having
standards to hold myself and people


around them to a higher standard
than most, both on a personal and professional level.  As a


leader you must understand that in
order to achieve higher standards, they need to have strong


values, hold themselves
accountable for their words and actions and never make excuses.  My


third leadership principle is
confidence because it’s one of the things you either have or don’t


have, but I think that it can be
practiced and learned.  I feel that
confidence has to do with your


inner perception of your ability
to fulfill a particular role and is built through your experiences


and dealings during your
life.  In order to build your confidence,
you need to be open to new


experiences and be willing to fail
or you’ll never grow and find the strength needed to push the


limits of what you’re capable of.


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