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How Real Leaders Handle Mistakes with Coach Jim Stagnitta

Jim Stagnitta

If You Can’t Deal with Mistakes, You Can’t Deal with People

Coach Jim Stagnitta holds an astounding career professional and amateur record as a lacrosse coach with 239 career wins and has guided teams to 7 NCAA tournaments, including 2 final four appearances and 3 Major League Lacrosse playoff appearances.

He was awarded the 2015 and 2017 Brine Coach of the Year awards by Major League Lacrosse for his work with the Denver Outlaws and the Charlotte Hounds. Jim was also named the Division 1 NCAA coach of the year in 2003.

In this episode, you’re going to hear Coach talk about how he wasn’t exactly sure how to lead his players early when he first took over as the head man at Washington and Lee University.

You’re also going to hear how he has struggled internally with taking care of his players, but being ultimately evaluated on wins and losses. How familiar does that sound? We want to be there for our people always, but we’re being judged by the bottom line, whatever that may be for you. And that’s a huge part about why we often can’t tolerate mistakes. So how did Coach deal with that? Listen to find out!

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About the author, Tim

US Navy Surface Warfare Officer.
Lacrosse Player.

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