January 04 2016

Leadership Lessons from Coach Urban Meyer: Clarity of Purpose

Tom Feeney, Safelite® President and CEO

People Pledge

As a sponsor of The Ohio State Athletics, Safelite AutoGlass has had the rare opportunity to learn directly from their coaching staff, including Head Football Coach Urban Meyer who recently claimed the 2016 Fiesta Bowl trophy. Coach Meyer visited a small group of Safelite leaders recently where he talked about leadership, teamwork, and coaching for performance.

Coach Meyer talks about small unit cohesion, the power of the unit and brotherhood of trust. We believe great leaders inspire purpose, build trust and show consistency.

As a leader, you’re meant to inspire purpose. Clarity of purpose is inspirational. If there’s not a clarity of purpose, it’s demotivating. And you can’t expect your employees to buy-in to the vision. You can do this by using a Visionary leadership style – help people understand how their work contributes to the success of the team and to the business overall.

Here are a few of my favorite quotes from that session:

• Clarity of purpose is inspirational – leaders motivate others by allowing them to fulfill their purpose.

• Leadership can come from within the team not always from the leader…Building trust and providing inspiration are leader responsibilities…

• Performance = teamwork + commitment + trust

• Leaders put their needs last.

• Trust = character (as seen by actions) + Competency (as demonstrated consistently) +
Connection (repeated actions showing you care)

How are you bringing these lessons to life? How do you build a family atmosphere at work? I agree with the Coach when he says a family atmosphere is built on trust, and the three characteristics of trust are character, competency and building a connection. Sounds pretty familiar to our People Pledge.

When we say always do the right thing and cast the shadow of a leader, this is what we’re talking about. When you’re leading it’s your action, not your intent that is visible. Remember, be careful with what you say and … do what you say you’re going to do.

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