An Example of Leadership

“He just has that look of intensity in his eye all the time and we really can get behind it.  That’s the great thing that we needed to see. Coming from his position, just from being a replacement guy, that’s what everybody thought at first, but he wanted to prove a lot more than that. He’s definitely got our full support, and we’re looking for him to lead us to victory.”

Now folks, I don’t know any more than any of you but it sure seems to me like Brian Hoyer is wired in for the long run.  If he becomes injured and is taken out of the game for some time like Weeden, what will the future hold for him?  Well let’s see, take any one of the underlined phrases noted in the quotes above and you see a picture evolving that paints a humble, strong, willing, listening, tuned-in, generous, intense LEADER!

If it meant he had to contribute as a second string, third string quarterback or a clipboard holder on the sidelines, he would do it.  If it contributed to the team and their success he would do whatever was asked.  He clearly doesn’t take himself too seriously OR too lightly.  He’s earning his pay, being loyal to those that rely on him and leading those who trust and count on him.  Everyone watching should take note here.  This is bigger that the NFL.  This is life and this kid is prepared.  Please take the time to point Brian Hoyer out to your children no matter what age.

Tell them the people that work with him rally behind him because:

  • He carries himself really well
  • He gets the job done
  • His competitive nature is contagious
  • He’s not afraid of the moment
  • He’s really involved

My 16-year old who is constantly asking me what I think he’ll be when he gets older always seems a little confused when I answer him with one word; “successful.”  You mean “rich?” he ponders.  I answer in the affirmative and add, “in all things – the least of which is money.”

I believe this is a time in our country when people need to step up and be all they are capable of leading; men and women alike.  Let’s show our children what it means to take pride in things again, to get involved, take charge and quit taking the easy way out.  This quarterback with the 1950’s value system is portraying everything I am talking about.  Don’t let his lessons fall on deaf ears.

Ron Ciancutti is the Director of Procurement for Cleveland Metroparks. He is not on Facebook, but he can be reached at

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One comment on “An Example of Leadership

  1. John Lester on said:


    You have hit on one of the current concerns I have as I see some of our leaders. They lack a good positive character, and seem to only want to be noticed, not noted for their leadership and desire to step in and get the job done. Lying and not fully telling the truth just to frighten people is not the right way, it is better to encourage people and help them do a better job.

    Thank you for your comments.

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