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Mickey Edwards
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Mickey Edwards

Former U.S. Congressman, Mickey Edwards is vice president of the Aspen Institute, where he directs the Institute's Rodel Fellowships in Public Leadership.

Calm on the Court

It's impossible to compare coaches (or managers) because there are so many variables to success. How good was the competition? Did the coach work for an owner or general manager who spent lavishly on players and facilities? Did he or she have control over personnel decisions?

A coach who has inferior players but wins half of his or her games may be more talented than one who has a team of all-stars and wins a championship.

So, the question becomes: Is Phil Jackson's coaching style an example of good leadership? My answer would be yes. He clearly creates a calm atmosphere where players are able to stay grounded, self-motivated and avoid frenzy. That's a good recipe for leadership in any arena.

By Mickey Edwards

 |  June 16, 2009; 12:03 PM ET
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