• May 19, 2022

Romo Talking About Leadership

The Cowboys Tony Romo was on a sports television show in Dallas last night explaining that leadership isn't what the Cowboys need.

Here's an article by Tim McMahon which was on Dallasnews.com 

Ch. 11's Babe Laufenberg asked Tony Romo whether the framework was in place for a leader (or leaders) to emerge at Valley Ranch.

"Oh, yeah. No question," Romo said. "What are you referring to, Jerry?"

Babe replied by pointing out that it certainly didn't seem like anybody stepped to the forefront last season.

"We didn't win," Romo answered. "It's simple. It's kind of dumb."

Babe said that when a team isn't winning, that's when a guy …

"Does what?" Romo interrupted. "Yells at everybody and then you win?"

Then Romo delivered a lecture on leadership.

"You wanna know why Michael Jordan was a great leader? He won six NBA championships. Then, all of a sudden, when he gets in people's faces, he's a great leader.

"A great leader is someone who wins, and you figure out how to win. Some people, it's getting in people's faces. Some people, it's being positive. Other people, it's walking the line and doing it the right way. And that guy shows everybody else, because they see him doing it, and they figure out, 'I'm going to walk in that line, too, and do it.'

"You know, there's many different ways to do it. I think people who sit there and say they need to see leadership, well, they're kidding themselves. Because if you need to see someone be a leader, they're probably not a leader all the time.

"You can look back and say, 'Oh, we should have done talking more.' … I don't know that … When somebody talks to me, it does nothing as far as, OK, thank you. Just leave me alone for a second. I need to think about what I need to do to improve on the next play. Or give me some technical aspect that you can use. 'Listen, when the corner is sitting down doing this, you need to ….' That stuff will help you the next time you're out there.

"Saying, 'C'mon! Let's go! Get ready! C'mon! Do better!' … OK, I will. (rolls eyes) It doesn't solve anything.

"I mean, we're not 18 or 17. We don't need to be motivated to play harder in that regard. I think you take the wrong gap or you do the wrong thing, in that regard, that's gonna hurt you. And it will look like you're not playing as hard, but the reality is you just went the wrong way or you did the wrong thing or you threw the wrong pass, whatever.

"I think that execution, if there's a way to execute better, then you need to lead in that regard. You need to figure out a way to help everybody execute better. But it's silly to me to think that someone telling you in your face, 'Do better next time' is going to make you do better next time. Tell me why. Show somebody what they need to do to do better next time. That will go a lot farther, I think."


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