Leadership – Super Bowl Style!

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Here is a perfect excuse (if anyone needed one!) to watch the Super Bowl. This Super Bowl is not just about two great teams butting heads, but it is also about two of the greatest coaches in NFL history coming together and displaying their leadership philosophy in action. The head coach of the Indianapolis Colts, Tony Dungy, and the head coach of the Chicago Bears, Lovie Smith (don’t you just love that name?) are known for their decency and integrity and yes, for their extraordinary talent and heart-throbbing records.

Two African American friends with distinguished records understand that a game that is watched by millions (last year the record was 141 million!) is all about character and grace under fire. This in a world where soccer moms and dads show their fangs at a kids game! Watch for the "Lovie Look," as the Wall Street Journal calls it in an article dated January 29, 2007 – a distant stare that expresses disappointment; a stare that says, "You missed an opportunity to be a great player!" I wish we could all practice the Lovie Look when our children disappoint us!

The Wall Street Journal quotes Mr. Dungy:"I think your faith is more important than your job, family is more important than your job. We all know that’s the way it should be, but we’re kind of afraid to say that sometimes." of his interviews. Perfect score, eh?

This Super Bowl watch the game and see two authentic leaders in action. We can all learn a lot from two great leaders who happen to be two great football coaches!

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About Dr. Gupta

Dr. Uma G. Gupta is the Founder and President of STEM.SMART, a non-profit organization dedicated to increasing the pipeline of U.S students interested in STEM careers. In addition, she is the CEO of PlanetGPA, an international student recruitment services that serves as an extension to the recruitment offices of U.S. universities.

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