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3 Leadership Lessons from Dabo Swinney

January 8, 2019 • Uncategorized

Dabo Swinney, Clemson FootballlIn the past three seasons, Clemson football coach Dabo Swinney has led the Tigers to two national championships (2016, 2018). Coach Swinney joined me for an episode of “Game Changers with Molly Fletcher” before the start of the 2018 season and it was one of my favorite conversations because of the leadership insights and stories he shared.

Note: You can listen to the full episode below (or subscribe to Game Changers with Molly Fletcher) on Apple podcasts or your favorite podcast app.

Here are my favorite takeaways from our conversation:

  1. Serve their heart and not their talent. In other words, make sure you love the person and not just their abilities. When you simply serve their talent, you do everyone involved a disservice. Serve, love and care for the people you lead.
  2. Bloom where you’re planted. This mindset embraces what it means to be present and grateful. Too often people get caught up in what’s next or climbing the career ladder… and they forget to be great where they are. Bloom where you’re planted is a reminder that sometimes your next step is right under your nose. And that we can all be great where we are, no matter what lies ahead.
  3. Let failure develop you, not define you. Failure is an unwelcome visitor that we all have to deal with. But when we can see the gifts that failure gives us, we open ourselves to a deeper understanding of our values and resilience. By moving forward, we inspire others and build our fearlessness.


The Molly Fletcher Company inspires leaders, teams and organizations to kick-start growth. A keynote speaker and author, Molly draws on her decades of experiences working as a sports agent. Her company’s Game Changer Negotiation Training workshops teach business people the framework for successful negotiating, so that you can close more deals while building stronger relationships. Sign up here to receive our weekly newsletter and subscribe to the Game Changers with Molly Fletcher podcast on iTunes.