Blue and Gold Spring | Summer 2021 Volume 2 • Issue 1 - Page 52

Tony Coaxum opens his new book , “ The Leadership Playbook ,” with a challenging bit of Scripture . From the Book of Proverbs , “ As iron sharpens iron , so one person sharpens another .”
In 60 crisp pages , the new head coach for Bluefield State ’ s football team takes the reader through both failed and successful styles of leadership .
Having been through several crucibles of training and testing , from the rigors of West Point to the pinnacle of professional sports , Coaxum brings unique and compelling messages .

WHAT GOOD LEADERSHIP IS AND HOW ITS APPLIED

His first example is a grabber : Winning Super Bowl 50 in 2016 as a member of the Denver Broncos coaching staff .
He writes of head coach Gary Kubiak , “ He treated everyone like they were vital to our team ’ s success . He cared about every player and coach on and off the field . His vision and philosophy created daily attitudes and actions that helped us achieve the ultimate goal of being World Champions .”
Coaxum contrasts that with a commandand- control style that defined athletic , professional and military organizations through much of the 20th century .
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