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Why Football Players Pat Each Other on the Butt and Other Lessons of Leadership

Posted by: csjacobs | Posted on: March 14 , 2013 | Category: BusinessGeneralNeurosciencePerformance Improvement

(Originally published in "Psychology Today")

What would I say in a talk on leadership to a professional sports team, Kaitlynn Myers, a Yale psychology student, asked me in an email, and all I've been thinking about since is how to answer her question.

It’s usually people from sports that are brought into coach business groups, not the other way around. Lou Holtz, the former head coach of the Notre Dame football team, is a fixture on the business lecture circuit, but I never hear of the steel industry’s turnaround artist Wilbur Ross being brought into address a struggling football team. We hear often of inspiring speeches in the locker room, but they’re a rare occurrence in the conference room.

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