LEADERSHIP – BLAME vs. CREDIT
Last weekend I was in Utah working with some high school baseball teams. My flight was delayed from Salt Lake City which was good and bad. I was able to watch the Super Bowl which was nice. I wasn’t able to get my connection home from Phoenix like I had planned which wasn’t so good. I would get unexpected bonus time with my parents in Phoenix since I wouldn’t be able to get a flight until the next day. Once I boarded the plane thanks to the power of internet I was able to continue to watch the game, also good. I was able to watch all of the game until we reach about 2,000 feet when my connection cut out with one minute left in the game and the Seahawks driving for what looked like a game winning score, definitely not good. I missed the end of the game and didn’t get to see what happened until arriving in Phoenix.
I am will not second guess the decision. But catching my flight out of Phoenix that was the only thing everyone was talking about. Why pass? Why not run it in? On and on it went. Everyone wants to debate the call. The thing I was most impressed with was Pete Carroll’s leadership. Many coaches are quick to point the finger, make excuses, or tear down others. Carroll did not. He took the blame for the loss.
It is a great reminder of what great leaders and coaches do. They shoulder the load of the loss and when they win they give credit to the players and staff. Bear Bryant summed it up by saying this, “There’s just three things I’d ever say: If anything goes bad, I did it. If anything goes semi-good, then we did it. And if anything goes real good, then you did it.” Those are wise words from a great coach that are being lived out by Coach Pete Carroll. Love him or hate him you have to respect the integrity and dignity that he has shown in handling the situation.