Leadership Touchdown: Lead Like a Champ and Build a Winning Team

By Craig Carson

In many of these columns, I’ve addressed different management styles and personalities. As you know, I live in Colorado and am a Broncos fan. You may have also read that the Broncos owner, Pat Bowlen, (known as Mr. B by the team players) passed away June 13, 2019 due to complications from Alzheimer’s, an awful disease that affects too many. I didn’t know Mr. Bowlen personally, but you didn’t have to to know his management style. It was the way he managed the Broncos and the people who worked for him that I want you to think about.


A lot of us work for someone and we either love or hate where we work. I’d like to talk to those of you who love where you work. I believe the management style of great business leaders is like that of Mr. B. From the years of running a successful NFL team, his style was to hire the best people for the role and allow them to do their job. He didn’t micromanage them (my biggest turnoff). Instead, he made them aware of his expectations and then supported them to achieve the goals that he set.

Many of us can identify with people we’ve worked with who have this trait. I’ve been fortunate to have spent most of my working life with people, managers and owners like this. They are the ones who breed success into their companies. Can you be that person? Can you lead people? Can you teach and help your co-workers? Can you work with your managers and company executives? Maybe, maybe not.

Company owners, managers and coworkers all need to follow what my father taught me. He said, “If you are in a position of leading an activity, a project or another leadership role in life, you must show respect to others before you can earn theirs.”

I try to live by my father’s words. My father was not the first person to say it, but he was the first to say it to me. As a result, I have a great belief that respect is one of the keys to success.


Earning respect is what men like Mr. B. have accomplished. There are many more we know or have heard of for whom we have great respect: Branch Rickey, Jackie Robinson, Clint Murchison Jr., Lamar Hunt, Jack Welch, Bob Johnson, Bob Baker and Mary T. Barra, to name a few. If some of these names are unfamiliar to you, take some time and learn about them.

To the micro-managers, I say, “learn to trust your employees.” If you can’t, why not? Is it because of you? If you have high turnover, or if you’re not attracting the level of personnel that you need to be successful, look inside yourself and be honest. What can you do to make changes to turn the situation around? What would you change in yourself to make people want to work with you and help grow your company? Remember the top five
reasons people stay with their company:

1. Exciting work and challenge;
2. Career growth, learning and development;
3. Working with great people;
4. Fair pay; and
5. Supportive management/good boss.

Did you notice? None of them say overbearing boss or micro-manager. So let’s celebrate men and women like Mr. B and the great leaders that we have had in the past and those who are with us today.

Craig Carson is the director of preconstruction for Alliance Glazing Technologies Inc. in Littleton, Colo.

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