Jack Welch: 6 Principles of Leadership

Jack Welch, was one of the most successful business leaders of the 90’s and early 2000’s. He led General Electric (GE) to unprecedented success during his reign as CEO and now dabbles in advising, speaking and teaching. In his book, Straight from the Gut, Welch outline his 6 rules for successful leadership.

  1. Face reality as it is; not as it was or as you wish it were
  2. Be candid with everyone
  3. Don’t manage, lead.
  4. Change before you have to.
  5. If you don’t have a competitive advantage, don’t compete.
  6. Control your destiny, or someone else will.

While I could elaborate on all 6 and how they each apply to coaching I want only address 3.

Leadership Principles

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#2 Be Candid With Everyone: Be open and honest with your players, coaches, trainers, administrators and well everyone who is involved with your team. While honesty might sting initially, it is going to get you far more respect than simply trying to make face.

#4 Change Before You Have to: It shouldn’t be a surprise that people are changing. Athletes today don’t always have the same values and beliefs of athletes five, ten or twenty years ago. Heck, even how the game of basketball is being played is changing. Successful leaders are people who are not only open to change but are willing to adopt change in their own program and culture.

#5 If You Don’t Have a Competitive Advantage, Don’t Compete: This point in particular has been taken differently by people throughout different industries. How I view this point is that you should be realistic in what your team can and cannot do. If you are a team comprised of fast, quick, three point shooting guards don’t try to walk the ball up the court and pound it inside. Understand what your team’s strengths are and find a way to maximize them come game time.

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