Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Like coach, like player

Throughout the NFL, you see different types of coaches, even different types of successful coaches. Tampa Bay Buc's coach Raheem Morris (they were successful in my opinion this year at 10-6, same record as the Green Bay Packers who are currently in the 2nd round of play-off's) prefers to be approachable and limit the player-coach distinction even to the point where players don't call him "coach" but "Rah." 

N.Y. Jets coach Rex Ryan prefers to coach in a boastful manner, trash talking (often profanity laced) and calling out other opponents. As a result his, players do the same thing. 

Bill Belichik, on the other hand chooses a different approach of letting the play on the field do the talking. Players are tight lipped because their coach is tight-lipped. Patriots never give other teams "bulletin-board" material, even when taunted. Why? Because they reflect the personality of the coach.

These are just three different coaches, with three different styles, each of which is reflected in their players. That's not coincidence. People under leadership often reflect the personality or at least practice of their leaders.

It would be hard to argue that this isn't the case with most leadership-follower relationships. Parents, pastors, and anyone in church leadership need to be sober minded that their behavior and what they teach (not just in word but in deed and in attitude) will be reflected somewhere. That's good news if leaders eat, sleep, and breathe the gospel, but certainly disconcerting if they don't.

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