#Deflecting January 25

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I have been around individuals thrust into leadership titles with fantastic potential. In  my opinion some got stymied in their career because they did not know how to deflect credit to others when success came their way. They were smart and hard working just not humble. Being humble means understanding how to deflect credit and share it with others.

One example was a university leader who inherited a very hard-working team. They were tasked with many daunting projects by the college’s administration. They often achieved results that went beyond expectations. These results meant praise and accolades. This individual had not matured as a leader and at every opportunity they made themselves the focus of the team’s accomplishments. They only could see the credit as a ME and not WE phenomena.

In contrast two weeks ago a leader received the highest honor that can be bestowed upon an individual by his peer group. Dabo Swinney Head Football Coach at Clemson won the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA)  Paul “Bear” Bryant Coach of the Year Award on January 9th.


When it came time to accept this award in front of his football coaching peers he made the acceptance speech about his first college football coach-Woody McCorvey .

Watch the video to see a leader use “DEFLECTION” to honor someone else.

If you are a leader you understand how important it is to deflect the credit to others.


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