DEC 09

Five Lessons onLeadership

By George Gately

As CEO of a small, nonprofit corporation, my avocation as a
soccer referee has been an adventure in learning. What began as a way to get
exercise and earn extra dollars has been a virtual advanced degree in human
relations. From Saturday afternoons to Monday mornings, a bridge was
constructed that benefited every area of my life. Lessons on the exercise of
authority, handling mistakes, teamwork, human nature and life‑goals have been
the unanticipated perquisites of refereeing.

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