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K-State Research and Extension
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November 29, 2016

Leadership Lessons with 200 Wins

Submitted by Daryl Buchholz

Daryl Buchholz

I suspect everyone has heard the news of Bill Snyder achieving his 200th win as head coach for K-State Football. This news reminds me of the book written by Robert Shoop, Susan Scott, and Bill Snyder entitled Leadership Lessons from Bill Snyder.  If you haven't already read it, I encourage you to obtain a copy and read it. Don't read it as a football fan, but as an Extension professional seeking to understand ways to grow and develop into a stronger educator and change agent.

Bill Snyder's first five leadership lessons align nicely with Extension work. He stresses the importance of 1) setting goals/outcomes, laying out a specific plan to achieve those goals/outcomes, and following that plan. He goes on to stress importance of 2) creating a vision, as having a vision for your clientele to know and understand about your program priorities, 3) keeping a balance between the long-range goals and your daily work, 4) striving for continuous improvement, and 5) good decision making.

Each of these lessons can be applied to you as a professional and to your Extension programming. You can follow this link to the website "Snyder Leadership Legacy" where at the bottom of that page are some links and information on obtaining copies of the updated book. Happy reading and have a great week.