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Local InterestBY SHERII SHERBANDr. Martin Luther King, Jr. is widely regarded as one of the most significant advocates of nonviolence and one of the greatest nonviolent leaders in world his- tory. Dr. King used the power of words and acts of nonviolent resistance, such as protests, grassroots organizing, and civil disobedience to achieve amazing things. His motivations and actions were inspired by his Christian faithLeadership requires the ability tobe a catalyst to bring others togetherto accomplish a shared goal. What better way to visualize this than to look at sports? Great coaches do this year after year. College coaches have the added skill of adapting to new players eager to play but also hopefully eager to learn, knowing that they only have four years with each player. If students cannot integrate with the team they will not likely play or stay. When students become team leaders themselves you will see that team excel year after year.all that the college has to offer. Whether it’s attending other sporting events, or simply stopping to talk to students he continues to stay grounded.and the peaceful teachings of Mahatma Gandhi. As was exemplified by Dr. King, good leadership is also conta- gious; it inspires others to want to be a part of the vision, but also to become leaders themselves.Discipline is commitment. It is a genuine form of love that helps to shape the lives of his players. Much like a father figure, he will spend time learn- ing about each of his players as well coaching them.“A genuine leader is not a searcher for consensus but a molder of consen- sus.” Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.Tom Izzo stands out as one of those coaches. He has been the head basket- ball coach at Michigan State University since 1995. In that time, he has led the Spartans to six Big Ten Tournament Championships and nine regular-season Big Ten Championships. He has taken the Spartans to 22 NCAA Tournaments, seven Final Fours, and one National Championship. Molly Fletcher has watched Coach Izzo over the years and has identified five leadership lessons that stand out. But don’t be deceived; he is using many more all the time.Prepare to succeed. It is amazing to see the powerhouse teams on the front end of the MSU schedule every year. It helps players to know what to expect at the end of the season and to learn about what else they need to do to be prepared for their best season yet.Leadership skills are often easyto define but not as easy to master in such a way as to motivate others to accomplish things together. The skills needed to complete one task may be different than the skills needed for the next, which means the leader must be able to adapt to new situations. Skills used collectively to make a strong leader might include: ability to teach and mentor, active listening, creativity, decisiveness, dependability, effective feedback, empathy, flexibility, in- tegrity, patience, positivity, problem solving, reliability, risk-taking, team building, timely communication, and more.Accountability daily. It’s important for Coach Izzo to know what the goals are of each of his players, from basket- ball to school. He gets permission from the players to hold them accountable for the next four years. He reminds themof those goals and the pathway toward those. He is constantly teaching, even on the court during a game.Great Leadership is ContagiousListening is at the top of list. He seems to have mastered the ability to listen to what his players are saying, good, bad, or indifferent. By listening he is able to lead more effectively.Effective leaders are essential to any organization, movement, or company. They are the catalyst for success. Their honed interpersonal and communication skills seems to be the magic that brings it all together and develops an enthu- siasm to achieve unified goals. Great leadership is also contagious, inspiring colleagues to apply positive leadership traits in their own work.Even though Coach Izzo is one of the most recognizable figures on cam- pus you will always see him enjoyingMEN IN BUSINESS I SCENE 4501 19

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