A couple weeks ago Mike Leach, the head coach of Washington State’s football team was in hot water again. His star wide receiver left the team claiming that Leach and his staff used tactics of humiliation and intimidation to gain control of their players. This wasn’t the first complaint against Leach. Only a few years ago he was fired from Texas Tech for allegedly locking a player in a closet. In leaving Texas Tech, Leach simply called that player a wimp.Read the rest.
It’s doubtful coach Leach will last long at Washington State. Both the school and the PAC12 are investigating his tactics now. Regardless, he can’t seem to keep his emotions in check. But his failures bring up another issue I think is important for people of influence. And it’s this:
If you have to intimidate in order to gain control, the people you’re leading don’t respect you.
Monday, November 26, 2012