Profile: Tony Dungy

By | February 2, 2014

[February 02, 2014]  Super Bowl Sunday is here.  So, it is most appropriate that I feature one of the great football coaches in NFL history who displayed senior leadership on and off the football field.  On February 4, 2007, Dungy became the first African American coach to lead his team to a championship when his Colts defeated the Chicago Bears in Super Bowl XLI.

Known for a leadership style that emphasizes decency and respect, his priorities of faith and family were always evident in his coaching.  Today it would be rare to find such a faith-based coach in any organized sport but Tony Dungy showed how it’s done.

His primary senior leader characteristics are:

  • Respect
  • Honor and Loyalty
  • Duty and Hard Work
  • Family
  • Faith

I’ve read several of his books and I usually give them away to young adults who are junior leaders.  The books are easy reads and I’ll be adding this one to my recommended reading list soon.


Tony Dungy with Nathan Whitaker. Quiet Strength: The Principles, Practices, and Priorities of a Winning Life, Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., 2008.

See also his website at:


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