Great Leaders Get Their People Promoted

During his storied tenure as the head coach for Notre Dame Football, Lou Holtz averaged an incredible three coaching changes during each of his 11 seasons. Some of these changes came about when Holtz simply felt he needed to upgrade a spot, but often opportunities for advancement were offered to his assistants by different teams and they took them.

SOUTH BEND, IN - OCTOBER 15: Head coach Lou Holtz of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish stands on the sidelines during the first quarter in the game against the Miami Hurricanes on October 15, 1988 at Notre Dame Stadium in South Bend, Indiana. The Fighting Irish defeated the Hurricanes 31-30. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

(Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

When asked how he felt about his coaches leaving, Holtz said that it didn’t bother him. He knew they deserved it. As a leader, Holtz wanted the best for his people and he would often go to work for them to ensure that they got the job they were being considered for. Because of that, Notre Dame became the place to go for an assistant coaching job. People knew they’d have the opportunity to develop under Lou Holtz and would have better opportunities for advancement.

At Service Express, it’s a huge win for leaders when they get their people promoted – even when the employee is promoted outside of that leader’s team. It’s true, it can prove to be a hurdle for the leader and they may feel squeezed in the short-term as a result, but the long-term benefits for everyone are far superior.


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