Anson Dorrance, the head coach of women’s soccer at the University of North Carolina, has an astonishing record. He has won more games than any coach in college soccer history, along with 21 NCAA Championship titles. Dorrance, 65, seeks to enhance each player’s character. He doesn’t just focus on winning; instead, he strives to make each player a better person.
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The Washington Nationals baseball club has led its division in the National League for most of this season, and much of the credit is going to its skipper, Dusty Baker. A former player himself, Baker is known for his homespun and quirky comments, but in fact he is a fierce competitor with a seemingly natural ability to lead.
Part of the job of a military leader involves helping raw recruits gain confidence so that they feel like they belong in the unit. Otherwise, their self-doubt can make them a liability to the team.
You cannot lead an anxious workforce by making them even more worried. If you warn employees about the possibility of a recession or discuss other doomsday scenarios, you risk driving them to despair. On the other hand, relentless cheerleading amid shrinking profits won’t enhance your credibility and will have limited impact if people sense more pain in the near term.
In the cosmetics business, the push for new products never ends. Consumers clamor for breakthroughs. As CEO of Sephora Americas, Calvin McDonald has made innovation a top priority. In March 2016, he launched the Sephora Innovation Lab. Based in San Francisco, the lab enables the French-owned cosmetics chain to conduct research with the help of outside partners. The goal is to create a space where employees can collaborate and test ideas without fear of failure.