9 Leadership Lessons From Saban

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Monte Burke is the author of Saban: The Making of a Coach (the unauthorized Saban biography that came out in August). Linked below is a cool list of leadership lessons by Burke that he learned while researching the book. For more Saban stuff, check out Saban’s Leadership Notes I posted last year. Thanks to Bruce Hamburger (FDU) for passing this along.

Early in his assistant coaching career at Navy, Saban was the only coach on the team who wore a suit around campus and in meetings. He was dressing “up.” He continues to do so to this day. He has a tailor in Miami who makes the suits he wears on recruiting trips. The bespoke suits make an impression, especially on the parents of recruits. “A lot of these parents aren’t making a lot of money, and they see this guy come in, just off the plane, wearing a suit, a guy with a plan,” says one of Saban’s former Alabama assistants. “They don’t see many people like that. What they saw with him was a man who was blunt, straightforward, and successful.”

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