The Morning After: 5 Leadership Lessons from the Patriots

When it comes to football, I’m no expert.  But when it comes to career development and leadership, you’ve got my attention. After last night’s stunning Super Bowl victory by the Patriots, I’ve been thinking about the lessons we can learn from Bill Belichick’s leadership of this world class team. As I think about managing our #1 ranked Career Services team here at Bentley, many of the tips from Daniel Rodic’s article, 5 Lessons Bill Belichick’s New England Patriots can teach you about leadership apply. In particular:

  1. Do your job. But stay flexible enough to take on new jobs quickly
  2. Play the long game
  3. Push your top performers, use them to set an example
  4. Put your team members in the best position to succeed
  5. Respect your competition

This year, our team won the Super Bowl of Career Services with a ranking as the #1 in the U.S. program for both Career Services and Internships, according to the 2017 Princeton Review. As we celebrate our success, I am reminded that it takes an entire team to pull off a victory. I am so grateful for our winning team – Career Services staff, faculty, colleagues, employers, alumni, parents and friends, and most importantly, students. And I am grateful to the Patriots for reminding us to never give up.  You are truly champs!

By Susan Sandler Brennan
Susan Sandler Brennan Associate Vice President, University Career Services