I don’t know why it took me so long to recognize this, but since we began this blog a few months ago I noticed every Director of Athletics I have worked for has been female. Now, there was a brief couple months that I had a male AD before leaving a former job, but for the most part my ‘Big Cheese” has always been female.
A lot of people think females shouldn’t be in charge because they’re too “emotional” and could fly off the handle at any moment. I would 100 percent beg to differ. Each female I have worked under, four to be exact, has had a different style of leadership and “emotional” has never been one.
My first AD was quiet and reserved but everyone knew who called the shots. The second was also a head coach and it gave her a unique leadership style because she related really well to the other coaches in the small department. My third AD, and first as a full time employee, was a wonderful leader. She was always around and available whenever you needed her, she had young kids at home and really valued the importance of family time. My last and most recent female athletic director had a presence about her, you knew when she entered a room. She was a people person.
Each of these four women have qualities I hope I have adopted and will retain throughout my career. It is important to be a good dynamic leader.
I have friends who have only worked for male ADs and have loved it, other who have hated it. I think I am lucky to have a unique situation only working under women.
With that being said, this week I embark on a new journey. It will be the first time in my career I will work under a male AD. I am excited and nervous at the same time. I wonder if I will even notice a difference from a female leader to a male or will I notice just a difference in leadership style.
Needless to say I am excited, nonetheless.