Navy and Notre Dame: Football and Leadership

by Wiz

in Lessons,Podcasts

This has been some weekend!  On Saturday I was at the home of a good friend of mine – a group of six of us got together to watch the Naval Academy football team beat the University of Notre Dame.  The last time Navy did that was 1963, with Heisman Trophy winner Roger Staubach at quarterback.  We were yelling and cheering so much, I’m amazed that I have any voice at all!

But my post today is not about the game per se.  Rather, the fact that these two schools play each other at all can be directly traced to the academic and athletic leaders at both institutions.  Their stories are striking examples of an oft-overlooked tenet of leadership. (6:00)

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Karen Zapp November 16, 2007 at 4:35 pm

I have a lot of respect for your shipmate; your friend that you talked about in the blog. As I listened I thought: “There’s a man with confidence. He may be scared, and his crew may be scared. But no one panics, no one ‘reacts.’ Instead they follow their training and they do their job.” Yes, I agree with you. His instructions sum up the heart and soul of a strong leader. Too bad I didn’t have the chance to serve under his command.


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