30 vince lombardi truly practiced what he preached

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preached and this transferred directly to his players. I look up to Lombardi as a mentor because he was able to demonstrate his leadership and his players modeled him because of it. Lombardi demanded hard work from his players, so he would always be yelling “run that play again” (Lombardi, 2005, p. 30). Eventually, it was his players that were saying “run it again.” This effect that Lombardi had on his players is something that I want to take from him and apply it to my future career. When I think of Vince Lombardi, I recall all of the success that he has had, but what really causes me to look up to him is the steps that he took to become successful. The strong mentality that he had is what I strive for. Lombardi possessed the mindset that he and histeam were going to chase for perfection, but settle for excellence. I admire him because he believed that “if you settle for nothing less than your best, you will be amazed at what you can accomplish in your life” (Lombardi, 2005, p. 91). Due to Lombardi’s amazing leadership skills, hard work, and his beliefs I consider him to be a mentor to me.3-5 Key Mentor Beliefs or Philosophies: 1)One of Lombardi’s philosophies was, “Only by knowing yourself can you become an effective leader” (Lombardi, 2005, p. 2).Vince Lombardi used this by trying to develop a strong self-knowledge. He believed you obtained self-knowledge by asking yourself tough questions, looking the truth straight on, and playing to your own strengths. He strived to do those three things because he thought that when you understood yourself, “you could start to write your own character”, which created the traits of being a strong leader (Lombardi, 2005, p. 2). The
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3THE LOMBARDI RULEStwo pillars of being an effective leader are character and integrity. Lombardi claimed thatthrough obtaining good character and integrity you can then be a great leader. This philosophy stood out to me because I never thought about getting to know myself better. I had never considered the benefits of achieving a high level of self-knowledge. For example, one of the tough questions I should ask myself is, “ is there an overriding purpose in my life”( Lombardi, 2005, p. 5)? This made me think hard about what is my purpose? I pondered the thought if there is one particular thing in my life that I am trying achieve. I could not single out one overriding purpose in my life. I think this philosophy stood out to me because I saw it as a way to improve my leadership skills by getting to know myself better.I will implement this philosophy into my own life by challenging myself to ask myself tough questions, looking the truth straight on, and playing to my own strengths. I want to get to know myself better because of this philosophy. I believe that if I get to a strong understanding of my own self, then I can transfer that ability into being an effective leader in the classroom, in the workplace, and on the field.
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