Alabama’s Nick Saban reveals his leadership strategy during LSU Week

The Alabama-LSU game is called the Game of the Century. And what is Nick Saban doing to prepare for this titanic matchup?

His usual routine.

“I kind of try to stay on the same routine and function the same way,” Alabama football coach Nick Saban said during the weekly SEC Teleconference. “I think the people around you when you function the same way as you always do from a time management standpoint, from a preparation standpoint, from your disposition on the field with the players, all those things I try to do pretty much the same.”

And why approach this game the same as all the others?

“I think they are all going to feed off what you do,” the Alabama football coach said.

This is an important insight into Saban’s leadership. He understands the psychological ramifications of his mood on his subordinates.

Did Mike Dubose’s actions during Tennessee week make his players relaxed or tighter? By treating the rivalry game differently, the pressure mounted on his already loose command.

How the leader acts has its way of infecting the troops. It is an accepted principle in military history that the attitude of the commander is the most critical element before a clash.

Julius Caesar routinely expressed confidence and knew how his attitude flowed throughout the entire army. Scipio understood this too, and limited divergent opinions from infecting the attitude of his men.

Perhaps, Napoleon explained it best.

Napoleon once said, “The personality of the general is indispensable, he is the head, he is the all of an army. The Gauls were not conquered by the Roman legions but by Caesar. It was not before the Carthaginian soldiers that Rome was made to tremble but before Hannibal. It was not the Macedonian phalanx which penetrated to India but Alexander. It was not the French Army which reached the Weser and the Inn, it was Turenne. Prussia was not defended for seven years against the three most formidable European Powers by the Prussian soldiers but by Frederick the Great.”

For those who run their own organizations or manage people, this is a useful thing to keep in mind.

If you change your routine, people notice.

In college football, these are often young and inexperienced people who are the most likely to be influenced by small changes.

Alabama fans are lucky to have Nick Saban—and that fact becomes clearer every single day he is in Tuscaloosa.

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        • 5
          Just a Fan

          Sure it was BamaBrando. After 6 losing seasons, Gerry Dinardo took over a program that was three times worse than the one Saban inherited and in only his second season guided LSU to a 10-2 record and won its second consecutive bowl game. He also had a better record after his first three years than Saban did after his first three years at LSU. It took Saban 4 years before he had a year with a better record than Dinardo had in his Second year. Saban eventually took it up a notch from Dinardo and Miles has taken it up a notch from Saban.

          Again you are proven, that your “Saban” is god thinking is wrong.

  1. 6
    Crimsonite

    Where in hell is my post? I entered the first post on this thread at 5:30 and it was here because I read it after it posted.

  2. 8
    DES

    And I know this for a fact- There are LSU fans that still love coach Saban. Ran into several of them this past March in Jamaca. They still cry for his loss to Miami and Tuscaloosa. Go Saban go!! Roll Tide Roll.

  3. 10
    The Flash

    Most all true LSU fans love and appreciate what Saban did at LSU by finishing what Gerry DiNardo started but couldn’t complete. That is, the rebuilding of the foundation of a once stroung and proud football program, upon which Les Miles has built, after Nick Saban Quit in the middle of, one of, if not the best programs in all of college football! No one knows for sure what kind of program Saban might have built if he had not quit on the LSU job, but what we do know is it would have been hard for him to have built anything much better and maintained it as well as what coach Miles has done. And Miles has done it all while being a much more involved member of our community and a much nicer person in general.

    And while all true LSU fans appreciate what Saban started here, we wouldn’t give up Les Miles to get him back, regardless of how hard that is for you to believe.

    That is coming from someone who has been attending LSU games for over 40 years.

  4. 12
    Crimsonite

    I can’t wait to see what other gems of horseshyt you can come up with after Bama bitch slaps the Corndogs in front of God, the Universe and the whole subservient college football nation. Come on back Vile and see if you can outdo yourself! Bwaa haww haww! JAF, exactly when was LSWho a proud and powerful program? Before Nick arrived you didn’t have shyt for a team on a regular basis since the Chinese Bandit defense and unfortunately for you that came while Bear was at Bama. Of course we know what would have happened fool! Nick did all that could be done in the Corndog world. That’s why he could never win 10 in any two consecutive seasons there as he has done now going on 4 years in a row at Bama, much less go undefeated. Until this season’s over neither has Miles won 10 twice and he still won’t go undefeated. Nick took a sub achieving Corndog program just like Michigan St and Toledo as far as he could; then he left for greater things in the NFL. When he decided the NFL wasn’t what he wanted, he came back to the only place in college football that could reach the top of the world – which is where his goals and his ego resides. The proof that he knew what he was doing is that he took a cut in NFL salary to come to Bama. You may compete from time to time over there in the swamps, but you will never be there every year as Bama has been so often in the past and is again now. Ole Lester the Grass Molester will have his 4 and 5 loss seasons here and there and Nick and Bama will keep rolling along. Sorry fool! RTR!

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