A Lesson in Leadership from Mike Babcock

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Detroit Red Wings forward Justin Abdelkader hoisting the Stanley Cup after Babcock led them to victory in 2008.

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Mike Babcock is head coach of the Detroit Red Wings, and a well respected leader in his sport. He has a penchant for hiring assistants that eventually move in to head coaching roles, and other leadership positions. Babcock prides himself on fostering leadership skills among his assistants, and allowing them room to grow. He thinks outside the box, and isn’t afraid to make unconventional choices when it comes to hiring. Here at LearningSI we understand the invaluable role leadership skills play in an organization’s success, and we think this article offers a beneficial perspective from someone who has proven himself as an excellent leader on all fronts.

Read an excerpt from the article below:

Babcock said he hires men he knows can be a coach, and he does so without concern for his job security even though his confidence in them is so strong he believes they could do his job, at least eventually. He doesn’t care where they come from, as long as they are highly recommended. They don’t have to have NHL experience; McLellan and Peters did not.

“There is a Todd McLellan out there. Where is he? What’s his name?” Babcock said. “There’s a Mike Babcock out there. Where is he? What’s his name? They’re out there. You’ve got to find them and then you have to have enough [guts] to hire them.”

The process Babcock uses to find his assistants, to interview them, hire them, work with them, and help see them to the next stage of their career has helped him become one of the most successful coaches in NHL history.

Click here to read the full article at NHL.com.

 

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