#InspiredCoaching: 5 skills for building young leaders

Penn State Nittany Lions head coach James Franklin leads his team onto the field prior to the Blue White spring game at Beaver Stadium. Photo credit: Matthew O'Haren-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 21, 2018; University Park, PA, USA; Penn State Nittany Lions head coach James Franklin leads his team onto the field prior to the Blue White spring game at Beaver Stadium. The Blue team defeated the White team 21-10. Credit: Matthew O'Haren-USA TODAY Sports

Strategies abound for guiding, mentoring and inspiring people to become leaders—whether on the football field or in the business world—but some bubble to the top.

Thanks to the partnership between Amway, USA TODAY and the American Football Coaches Association, we were able to talk with college football coaches and successful Amway Independent Business Owners (IBOs) to gather five top tips and share them at USATODAY.com.

Here are a few to get you started:

Being a steady presence through adversity

For Penn State Head Football Coach James Franklin, that means on or off the field.

“I want our players to reach their potential in everything that they do: personally, professionally, athletically, academically, the whole package,” he said. “I’m a huge believer that if the players know how much you care about them, then you’re going to be able to maximize their experience.

“If it’s coming from what’s in their best interest and what’s in the team’s best interest, then I think you can do some pretty special things.”

Lead by example

Amway IBO Eugene Liddie said that is the secret sauce of mentoring and something he keeps top of mind as he works with his team, bringing them out of their comfort zone and helping them accomplish their goals.

“The worst thing you can do is give good advice but set a bad example,” he said. “I have to make sure I continue to create success.”

Bring out inner greatness

Amway IBO Bhargavi Arrunategui said that comes from building relationships with people. She makes it her goal “to help someone find the hope within themselves that they don’t see right away…Finding out who they are, what they want, when they want it, what they’re willing to give up and to do to get to those results.”

To see the last two tips for building leaders as well as a video feature more wisdom from Coach Franklin and other Amway IBOs, visit the full story at USATODAY.com.


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