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© February, 2014
Vince Lombardi on Leadership Part II

by Al Bruno
Writer and Teacher, Buffalo (NY) Public Schools

The Lombardi leadership model is based on four tenets – knowing self, building character, earning competence, and building vision.

Winning made the sports world notice that success is based on exceptional leadership. This led to the use of Lombardi leadership techniques in sports programs in schools throughout the nation. Lombardi’s public appearances were increasing, and he was a hot commodity and celebrity on the rise. He began writing down his thoughts about leadership, creating speeches and axioms that would define his leadership style for all-time. Winning for Lombardi prompted others to ask Lombardi to define what leadership meant to him; that is, what good leaders do to inspire their teams and organizations. Vince Lombardi, Jr. (2001) recalls his father’s speeches:
“Like all great speakers, he left his audience asking for more. In fact, many organizations asked him to come back repeatedly. Nobody s ...The full article can only be seen by subscribers.
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