May 16, 2012

Meyer speaks about principles, methods of leadership

Stepping deftly from the sideline to the classroom, Ohio State football coach Urban Meyer spoke last week to students in the Dean’s Leadership Academy about the principles and methods of leadership.

The lessons Meyer shared, said Fisher professor Tony Rucci, are applicable far beyond athletics.

“I heard three key themes of accountability, responsibility, and trust that are building blocks for leadership,” noted Rucci, who teaches the select group of undergraduates in the Dean’s Leadership Academy with fellow management and human resources professor Jeff Rodek.

The Academy is a custom designed course examining leadership practices and effective team and organizational performance — and routinely features visits from top executives. Meyer’s key themes provided students with a valuable perspective on issues of motivation and management.

“If you want people to perform at a high level and build their self esteem, hold them accountable,” Rucci explained. “Leading is a privilege, you have a responsibility to the people you lead, and trust is developed through authenticity. These are terrific messages to reinforce with students at this point in their careers.”

Meyer’s visit also included a Q&A session, giving students the opportunity to pick the brain of one of the most accomplished leaders in college athletics. Meyer earned a master’s degree in sports administration at Ohio State in 1988; his first coaching job was at Ohio State as a graduate assistant.

As a leader, Meyer said, “I enjoy being around motivated people … and I’m always looking for ways to get better.”

Lasting Impact

Student takeaways from Urban Meyer's visit:

“Identify the right people to motivate as well as the people who hold you back.”
– Austin Hutchison

“As a leader, believe you can make others believe.”
– Clayton Fuller


Photos from Urban Meyer's visit, May 11, 2012