Dean Neeli reflects on Allen Fieldhouse celebration, leadership

Posted on Oct 29, 2014 in Career/Life, News, and Sports

Neeli Bendapudi, dean of the KU School of BusinessNeeli Bendapudi, dean of the KU School of Business, attended the 60th anniversary celebration of Allen Fieldhouse on Monday, Oct. 27, 2014.  This is her reflection on the memorable evening. This post originally appeared on the KU School of Business blog and is republished with permission.

Tonight at Allen Fieldhouse with four extraordinary coaches will be a memory I will cherish always as a Jayhawk.

It was also one of the finest lessons on leadership that I have witnessed as a professor of business or as a business executive.

All the coaches emphasized the importance of getting the best people, helping them achieve their potential, getting them to play unselfishly, i.e. to put the team ahead of themselves, and building lifelong relationships.

They all talked about building sustainable success. The players who introduced them described them as “my mentor,” “my friend,” and “my hero.” These were not leaders who expected or tolerated mediocrity. They expected the best of their players; the players responded because they knew the coaches held themselves to the same standards.

As someone who has never followed sports commentators and could probably name three if pushed, I am proud to say that as of today, I am a fan of @jaybilas who did a great job of moderating the evening and I learned he encouraged the very best coach, @coachbillself, to come here.

I cannot capture the wit and wisdom of our coaches. But here is something Coach Self said that I believe to my core. We are all just temporary caretakers of a great institution and a legacy of excellence. Students, faculty, staff, in every arena we play in, let us also remember the impact we have on KU and strive to be champions in all we do.

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