Nov. 5, 2008
Former Baylor basketball standout Dennis Lindsey was guest speaker at the Baylor Leadership Academy on October 30. Lindsey, now Vice President and Assistant General Manager of the San Antonio Spurs, spoke at the gathering of ninety student-athlete leaders.
Lindsey shared anecdotal examples of leadership and the varying leadership styles he has witnessed in his twelve seasons working in the NBA. He also spoke about the important role character plays in leadership. "Having high character - particularly honesty - is very important to having leadership and to the overall success of the team." said Lindsey. "The Spurs are well known as an organization that truly values character." Lindsey also stressed to the group the importance of finding and developing their natural leadership style. "Leaders have to be true to who they are. If you are a quiet person, then lead by example. If you are more out of an out-going person, then being a `rah-rah' player is fine. Find the leadership style that is right for you; you can't fake it."
The Athletics Department implemented the Baylor Leadership Academy last year with the goal of developing student-athletes as effective team leaders today and successful worldwide leaders for tomorrow. "I think this program is great." he said. "I wish we would have had something like it when I played. It gives all of these team leaders the opportunity to share with one another and it also helps them to begin to identify their leadership style. I think it gives Baylor's athletes such an advantage because it will help them as they transition to life after college."
Lindsey was a starter on the men's basketball team and helped the Bears advance to the NCAA tournament in 1988 and the NIT Tournament in 1990. He earned his bachelor's degree in education from Baylor in 1992. Lindsey joined the Spurs front-office in June of 2007 after spending the previous eleven seasons with the Houston Rockets in the basketball operations/player personnel area.