As the longtime coach of the New England Patriots, Bill Belichick has been to five Super Bowls. He’s won three of them, tops among active coaches and tied for second all time. In a keynote address at an NFL event, he spoke about a wide range of topics including the personalities that make the best leaders. Belichick highlighted Troy Brown, a soft-spoken wide receiver as one of the best leaders he’s ever coached:
We’ve had [great] players that would never say a word, [like] Troy Brown. He is never going to say a word.
He would never be one to stand up before a game and give some big team speech. That just wasn’t his style. But nobody had more leadership than Troy Brown did. So it’s not about giving a team speech, it’s not about having some big presentation or anything. Leadership is about doing your job and putting the team first. When Troy Brown played for us, he returned kicks, he covered kicks, he caught a lot of passes in the slot, he blocked and when we needed him in some very critical situations he went over and played defense against some very good teams and very good players. Was it always perfect? No, but he competed as hard as he could.
He did the very best he could for the team and that’s all you could ask for; it didn’t matter what it was. Here is an example of a guy who was as good of a leader as I’ve ever coached who said probably less than any player of his stature that I’ve ever coached. So it’s not about volume or who’s the most talkative guy. It’s the guy who does his job and puts the best interests of the team and organization in the lead.