Leadership Summit 2010 | Tony Dungy – The Mentor Leader

Posted on August 5, 2010


“It’s about the journey—mine and yours—and the lives we can touch, the legacy we can leave, and the world we can change for the better.”

SESSION 3a – Interview with Craig Groeschel

RESOURCE: The Mentor Leader
RESOURCE: Tony Dungy Amazon Page
RESOURCE: CoachDungy.com

[NOTE: due to the live blogging, this is not a transcription, but rather my highlights and notes from the sessions. Also, many statements below are not exact quotes, but rather summaries.]

DUNGY: I once had a coach tell me, “Your job is to help your players play better.” I do that by encouraging, and empowering. I was convinced that if the players believed in me, and that I was on their side, we would develop a loyalty and bond.

GROESCHEL: What if this doesn’t work?

D: I’ve been told, “Stubbornness is a virtue, if you’re right.” I really believe that if the coaches were happy and energized, they’ll be better coaches.

G: How would you help someone have that family time?

D: I would show them what I was doing. Don’t mistake hours for productivity. We can be efficient, and even more efficient than others, by going home at a decent hour.

G: How do I find a mentor?

D: We have to be available to mentor people. If God has blessed us, we’ve got to be available. When you are looking. Just find people you admire. Be mentored from a distance.

G: Jim Collins mentioned earlier “Isn’t it amazing how a 30 sec. conversation with a good mentor can change your life.” Who were the distant mentors to you?

D: Tom Landry. A mentor doesn’t always have to be that “icon.” You can mentor someone from any level.

G: The word “mentor” can be intimidating. How do you respond?

D: Don’t worry. You’ll pick up a lot as you go along the way. You develop a relationship. We can be formal, programmed, but so much of it is informal is so much more powerful. One word can be transformational.

G: What does mentor leadership do for you?

D: The biggest thrill is watching other people grow. Watching other people not just be better players, but better people. Be intentional to reach out to the young people in our community.

G: Who is Christ to you?

D: How are you different because of the risen Son of God? What would it profit a man if he gain the whole world if he forfeits his soul?

— VIA —

Great appreciation for this interview, and more so for the calling of mentorship. I am also ruminating on the differences and parallels of the terms “discipleship” and “mentorship,” and am being persuaded that they are really one and the same, with a few dynamics that are a bit different (such as the person of Jesus, His teachings, etc.) Most of what I appreciated is the simplicity–start from where you are; you don’t have to be an “icon;” be intentional to reach out to the young.