From the Masters

From the Masters

Know the Power of Humility

The following is an excerpt from “You Can’t Send a Duck to Eagle School, and Other Simple Truths of Leadership,” by Mac Anderson

I’ve lived in Chicago for the past 30 years, and as you might expect, I’m a huge Chicago Bears fan. Over the past few years, I watched one man emerge as the leader of the team. His name … Brian Urlacher. No question, Urlacher is a very talented football player. He’s made the Pro Bowl for the last 6 years as a middle linebacker. But, if you’re a football fan, you know there are a lot of very talented football players who never become the unquestioned leader of their team.


Why is that? Obviously, there are many reasons a leader can emerge from the pack; but in Urlacher’s case, it is his humility and his passion for the game.

I must say, for a superstar athlete, his humility is beyond refreshing. He never talks about himself, his achievements, his statistics; but, he is always the first to praise and defend his teammates and his coaches. When asked how he wanted to be remembered, he said,

Then he was asked about his success in the NFL. He said, “I think I’ve adjusted pretty well, thanks to good coaches and great teammates. I won’t say that I’m lucky, but just fortunate, I guess … I’m very blessed.”

So many times, the difference in a good leader vs. a great leader is one word … Humility. A great leader is never afraid to poke fun at himself, and is always first to give all the due credit to others.


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Terri Tober

posted February 22, 2013 at 6:23 pm

Missing his comment on how he wants to be remembered.

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posted July 23, 2012 at 5:58 pm

It would have been more helpful if he had….Get my point?

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posted May 31, 2012 at 5:32 pm

Thank you for this article, it was most helpful! God Bless!

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posted March 14, 2012 at 1:17 pm

You did not finish the sentenc – “How he would like to be remembered…” ??

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