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Andy Stern
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Andy Stern is president of the two-million member Service Employees International Union (SEIU), the fastest-growing union in North America.

Winning is a Not a Formula

The debate of "the greatest" of anything is a discussion that is part art and part science. In terms of science -- in this case, statistics -- the numbers do not lie: Phil Jackson's measurable accomplishments, prior to and as a result of last night's victory, exceed all others. It is an extraordinary achievement. The question of whether he had more talent or an advantage in coaching more teams -- the art of leadership -- will probably be argued in bars and at sporting events forever.

As with all leaders, what makes Phil Jackson such a great coach is his blending of his born, bred, and learned skills and experiences into an approach that works for him and that succeeds. No two leaders have the same combination of factors; like DNA, each of us has unique characteristics, we are all one of a kind.

In Phil Jackson's case his spirituality is part of his guiding leadership philosophy, and it works for him. For Red Auerbach maybe it was the rolled-up program, the victory cigar or his core principles of coaching that made him a winner.

Winning is a team sport, and great leadership is not a formula or necessarily reproducible, but a combination of traits that produces results. Bravo Phil!

By Andy Stern

 |  June 15, 2009; 2:20 PM ET
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