Life is not about working to make a living. It is about living to make a difference. This is the motto that former NFL player and head coach, Herm Edwards, lives by on a daily basis. It is also the challenge he puts before those whose lives he comes in contact with.
An undrafted free-agent, Edwards went on to play nine seasons for the Philadelphia Eagles as well as brief stints with the Los Angeles Rams and Atlanta Falcons. After his playing career was over, he got into coaching and would go on to become the Head Coach of the New York Jets and the Kansas City Chiefs.
Today, he appears regularly on ESPN as one of the network’s most renowned and celebrated NFL analysts.
Known for his tremendous work ethic and leadership ability, he is one of the most sought after speakers on leadership by corporations and organizations of all sizes.
Edwards and I sat down to talk about leadership, legacy, and how to make a difference. There are many lessons critical to leaders, in sports and in business.
On Defining Leadership
Andrew Moses: How do you define leadership?
Herm Edwards: Leadership is a position of service. A leader’s main job is to serve others, not to serve themselves. In coaching and in life, when you are part of a team or an organization it is your responsibility to not let the team fail. That is the primary goal.
On Setting Goals
Andrew Moses: How do you translate goals to action and progress?
Herm Edwards: Plans and goals are great, however, a goal without a plan is a wish. The plan is critical to achieving the goal, however, the only way a team truly understands the leader’s plan is if they provide details. So do not just tell people what to do and how to do it – tell them why.