“Commanding Respect By Giving Respect”January 2nd, 2014
There was quite a contrast across the Tampa Bay sports market over the past couple of years.
In St. Pete sat Rays skipper Joe Maddon, a leader who believes in clubhouse disc jockeys, lucky talking birds on his shoulder on game days and wacky dress-up themes during road trips, among other freedoms. And he’s just fine with his players sounding off on Twitter about bad attendance or whatever else is on their minds.
There there was Greg Schiano.
The leader of the New Schiano Order was the anti-Maddon. Fun was about “busting your tail.” Discipline was everything, yet his 2013 Bucs were sloppy on the field?
Maddon has been wildly successful. Schiano was given a fast pink slip.
Joe remembers an excellent, lengthy interview Maddon did in on WHFS-FM 98.7 in 2012. Maddon dove deep into his philosophy about how it’s impossible to sustain success as a professional leader of young men as a whip-cracker, disciplinarian.
(Side note: How did Maddon react publicly after meeting eventual rookie of the year Wil Myers for the time? Maddon talked about how he told Myers that he needed to enhance his education and read a book. Maddon assigned him one to read and shared his shock that Myers hadn’t done much reading since high school.)
Today, Father Dungy said on the WDAE-AM 620 airwaves that he’s most excited by Lovie Smith bringing to the Bucs that same style of relationship leadership. “Commanding respect by giving respect” is how Dungy described it.
Everything Joe’s hearing about Lovie from great sources is that he knows how to keep a team focused and happy. That doesn’t mean he can build an offense, but it lets you know he’s an excellent leader.
You can hear Father Dungy’s entire interview on the Ron and Ian show below.