My dad is a true leader. Not only has my dad been a leader within our family and within our community all of my life, but he has also successfully run his own automobile business with over 250 employees for the past 35 years.
My dad leads by teaching, modeling, motivating, inspiring, and empowering others to be the best version of themselves. He leads with honesty, loyalty, humility, empathy, commitment, responsibility,vision, and a great sense of humor. He truly makes others feel valued, respected, and loved.
My dad credits his high school football coach and my mother for teaching him life lessons that have enhanced his character and greatly contributed to his successes. If you have ever heard that behind every great leader stands a great supporter, I will tell you that this certainly has been the case in my family- except that my mother stood beside my dad and often told him what to do- at home anyway. (Isn’t that right, Dad? We both know who the real boss is.) My father had my mother’s support and then some- every step of the way. It was always a team effort.
My dad loves God, his family, and telling stories about his old football days.
Here are some Lombardi quotes, Dad. I am sure that you are familiar with them all. I have been truly blessed to have been led by you and mom. What a great team you make.
Vince Lombardi Leadership Quotes
“Leaders are made, they are not born. They are made by hard effort, which is the price which all of us must pay to achieve any goal that is worthwhile.”
“Coaches who can outline plays on a black board are a dime a dozen. The ones who win get inside their player and motivate.”
“If you can’t accept losing, you can’t win.”
“People who work together will win, whether it be against complex football defenses, or the problems of modern society.”
“Once you agree upon the price you and your family must pay for success, it enables you to ignore the minor hurts, the opponent’s pressure, and the temporary failures.”
“Leadership is based on a spiritual quality- the power to inspire.”
“A leader must identify himself with the group.”
“Leadership rests not only upon ability, not only upon capacity- having the capacity to lead is not enough. The leader must be willing to use it. His leadership is then based on truth and character. There must be truth in the purpose and will power in the character.”
Vincent Lombardi (1913-1970), one of the greatest football coaches of all times. Lombardi was the coach of the Green Bay Packers in the 1960s. His ability to motivate, teach, and inspire helped turn the Green Bay Packers into one of the most successful teams in the 1960s.