"There are two types of leaders. The ones who lead with their seat, and the ones who lead with their feet."
Leadership can take many forms, but there are certain tenets that are applicable to any position of esteem—as president of a hose manufacturer or distribution company, as floor manager at a hose accessories plant, or, as was the case at NAHAD 2021, as "the ole ball coach."
Herman Edwards, the Arizona State Sun Devils head football coach, referred to himself as such during a June 13 keynote address to The Association of Hose and Accessories Distribution.
For close to one hour, Edwards held the rapt attention of 600 conference attendees in the ballroom of the Scottsdale Fairmont Princess Resort, offering inspiring and insightful anecdotes based on his life experiences.
Known for his press conference sound bites—think "you play to win the game"—a number of "Hermisms" found their way into his hortatory talk.
"Everyone wants to sit in that seat," Edwards said. "That is, until problems occur. Most people want to know the score before they play the game, and that's just not the way it works."