Good Leaders Love
PJ Fleck is one of the hottest up and coming football coaches in the nation. He is characterized by energy and positive momentum. He has a fun-loving, competitive and driven Type A personality. He is a people person and a very ordered and detailed guy. This unique combination makes him excellent in his role as CEO of the University of Minnesota football program.
Coach Fleck expects much from his players. He sets the bar high in how he himself prepares and the energy that he brings. His players respond. He just finished his first season at Minnesota and although the record was not what he would have hoped, there was reason to be hopeful. His last stop yielded great success and a group of guys that would die for each other and him.
ESPN ran a program this fall called “Being PJ Fleck”. A reality show or documentary that followed him around through spring and summer. The show was a testament to his impact and contagious behavior. As I watched an episode, I heard him make a statement that is the key to it all. PJ said, “Leaders will always lead, but great leaders love.” He went on to say in expanded form, “they love others; they love what they do and love where they are, because they love the people”.