With the passing of former Apple CEO Steve Jobs, many people came to mourn and speak of his intelligence and his leadership.
Recently, one of those people was New York Giants head coach Tom Coughlin who in a weekly interview for the New York Giants website spoke highly of Jobs and even stated that he could have been a great coach in the NFL:
Q: This is a little bit different, but I want to ask you about the passing of Steve Jobs. As a coach, you get ideas from many sources for motivational or strategic purposes. You go outside of football. The teachings of the late John Wooden are very important to you. How about going outside of sports altogether and using someone like Jobs, who was so innovative and obviously had great leadership qualities?
Coughlin: “There was an article that appeared in Fortune about the philosophy of Apple under Steve Jobs and how he ran his business, which basically is like a football operation with the way he ran it. We did a major presentation to the staff and we’ve used a lot of it with our team and shared it, really, around the building a little bit because it was so impressive. There’s no other way to say it – a benevolent dictatorship is what he ran. And because of that, the values, the characteristics, the virtues that he brought to the table were allowed to rise. The way in which he dealt with people and the way in which they utilized the brain power of those that they hired and how they recognized them and how they tried to allow those people new to his team to grow and develop. And also the tremendous pride that he had in his work and the way in which he demonstrated disfavor if something wasn’t up to the standards of Apple. So I just got a great kick out of reading about it, because, quite frankly, it’s a lot of what I have researched from the time I was a young person, trying to figure out how I would want to run an organization that I was a part of by studying Bo Schembechler and Woody Hayes and Ben Schwartzwalder and some of these people. And here it is. It’s not all that different. When Vince Lombardi talked about armies and businesses and football teams, when you read something as I read last spring about Steve Jobs in Fortune magazine, there wasn’t any question the guy could have been a football coach – probably a lot smarter than most of us. I’m not sure how the I-pad would have been in the huddle, but he probably would have figured out how to get it in.”
(Courtesy of New York Giants.com)