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Tom Brady Is A Deckplate Leader December 30, 2007

Posted by DPL in Business Professionals, Commitment, Courage, deckplate leadership, Honor, leadership, management, Navy, Time management, Values.

I was going to write today’s post about “Management By Walking About” after being inspired and reminded about its importance in the Deckplate Leadership mindset by a post entitled “Managing from the front lines…or the hotcake grill” on Crossderry Blog (also the latest entry in my blogroll), BUT in trying to defend my position that being a Deckplate Leader is more of a mindset than a position of leadership in the Nay and that you don’t have to be a Navy Chief to be considered a Deckplate Leader, I’ve decided to talk about Tom Brady.

I Have Witnessed The Impossible

Leadership is spoken of in various contexts. Sometimes it is meant to describe the person in a position of authority and other times it is describing an ability to influence. Either way, a good definition of leadership would be “to inspire a group of people to work together as a team and accomplish the impossible.” Tonight, I, along with millions of other Americans, have witnessed the impossible as Tom Brady led his New England Patriot team to a perfect 16-0 regular season. A feat not accomplished since the 1972 Dolphins went 14-0 (Note: In 1972 the regular season was only 14 games long, and the Dolphins ultimately went on to a perfect 17-0 record after winning the Superbowl that year.)

Tom Brady Is A Deckplate Leader

Why Tom Brady? What does he have to do with Deckplate Leadership? Well, let me count the ways–in no particular order:

1) He is confident, but humble.

2) He demands excellence from himself and his teammates.

3) He is firm, but can relax and have fun doing his job.

4) He is calm under pressure. He maintains his focus.

5) He executes “The 5 Be’s Principle”. (And he doesn’t even know he’s doing it.)

6) He gives credit to his teammates publicly.

7) He doesn’t blame his teammates and point fingers when things go wrong.

8) He knows his mission (the game of football) and his people, allowing him to apply their unique skills in the right situations.

9) He involves the entire team.

10) He sacrifices personal glory for the good of the team accomplishment.

11) He accepts that he is not perfect and that he will make mistakes, but he recognizes when a mistake has been made and learns from it.

12) He is visible. You will see him marching up and down the sidelines talking to everybody on the team.

13) He leads by example, from the front.

14) He displays the values of honor, courage, and commitment.

15) He multi-tasks effectively.

16) He manages his time efficiently.

17) He has excellent vision and instincts.

18) He makes sound, educated decisions and calculated risks.

19) He is vocal and points out where things aren’t happening correctly, but he is not openly negative or pessimistic.

20) He inspires his team to accomplish the impossible.

Great job Mr. Brady. Congratulations to you and the rest of the New England Patriots on achieving the impossible. We can all learn a little something from your example.


1. crossderry - December 30, 2007

As a Pats fan, it was gratifying to see them come through once again. Brady is indeed someone that “women want to be with, and men want t be.” Three points about Brady stick out:

1.) Brady indeed rarely shows up his teammates. Contrast this to Peyton Manning and Dan Marino — whom Brady passed this year — both were infamous for “calling out” their teammates or visibly showing disappointment and frustration. These aren’t traits that promote team cohesion (though Manning has gotten better).

2.) Personal problems come through the mask of command. Last year, Brady looked much more frustrated and down than ever (though he denied it consistently). I think it was no coincidence that he was going through the Bridget Moynihan break-up, fatherhood with Bridget, then hooking up with Gisele.

3.) I’m not sure that I’d let within 100 yards of my daughter!

2. deckplateleader - December 31, 2007

Ha! Too true!


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