Hile Rutledge
Trainer, author

Hile Rutledge

CEO and owner of OKA (Otto Kroeger Associates), a training and consulting firm specializing in leadership and team development.

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Go out there and win

Q: Natalie Randolph has just been hired as the varsity football coach at Coolidge High School in Washington, D.C., which makes her one of the few female head coaches in the country. What will be the obstacles to her success and how should she try to overcome them? Can you imagine a day when a woman would be chosen to coach an NFL team? Or are some glass ceilings unbreakable?

So there is finally a woman football coach.That's great news.The question that many will ask and are asking is: What does a woman have to do to succeed as a football coach? The answer seems fairly clear -- win.

Few positions are clearer in their mandates, expectations and job descriptions. The fact that a coach is a woman may present a number of provocative and interesting questions: Was the path to the coach's role longer and more complicated than it would have been for a man? Is there a more feminine approach to practice, motivation and playing the game, and if so, what are the net effects of these new approaches? Wouldn't the sheer math of doubling the prospect pool for coaches by tapping the talent of women certainly raise the bar across the board?

In the end, however, coaches are hired to win -- perhaps also to teach, to mold, and to train, but certainly to win.

So congratulations to Natalie Randolph of Coolidge High School. It's an interesting barrier you have broken. Bring your team to victory, and the choice will have been a good one.

By Hile Rutledge  |  March 18, 2010; 12:00 AM ET  | Category:  The glass ceiling Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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