The Leadership Secrets of Nick Saban: How Alabama's Coach Became the Greatest Ever

  • 8h 27m 21s
  • John Talty
  • Gildan Media
  • 2022

With coach Nick Saban at the helm, the Crimson Tide has won six of the last twelve national titles. The 2020 championship team showcased Saban's evolution as a leader and further solidified what many long suspected was true: Nick Saban is college football's greatest coach ever.

Leaders of any kind, including coaches and beyond, stand to gain great wisdom and inspiration by learning from his success. In The Leadership Secrets of Nick Saban, senior sports editor and SEC Insider for Alabama Media Group, John Talty, highlights the keys to Saban's winning strategy and offers listeners a blueprint for paving their own paths to success using the esteemed coach's leadership lessons. Through original interviews and never-before-heard anecdotes, Talty charts Saban's journey to college football's mountaintop and reveals some of the magic behind what keeps him atop it. You'll get an inside look at what it's like to work or play for Coach Saban, including the mottos and motivation strategies he uses to inspire his organization.

Competing universities commit tens of millions of dollars to hiring coaches who might unlock a little of Saban's magic for their teams. With this book, you'll learn the key traits and habits that propel Alabama football without having to foot the hefty bill others have.

About the Author

John Talty is the the senior sports editor and SEC Insider for Alabama Media Group, the leading statewide news organization, which includes, The Birmingham News, The Mobile Press-Register, and The Huntsville Times. He is an award-winning journalist who has covered college sports for nearly two decades with a specific focus on the Southeastern Conference for most of the last decade.

Located in Birmingham, Alabama—the same city the SEC calls home— no one has a better feel for what moves Alabama and SEC football fans than John. He frequently appears on The Paul Finebaum Show on SEC Network, the most influential college sports show in the country, and regularly makes appearances on ESPN and Sirius/XM national radio shows.

John has primarily covered SEC football since joining The Jackson Clarion-Ledger in 2012. In Alabama, John has written extensively about Saban and his Alabama football program. He has built deep relationships with former players, coaches and staffers who have shared the same orbit as Saban. John also focused on sports business angles throughout college athletics, regularly writing about TV rights and athletic department finances among other topics.

In this Audiobook

  • Introduction
  • Chapter 1 - The Turnaround Artist
  • Chapter 2 - Build Your Team Framework
  • Chapter 3 - Only Promise Opportunity
  • Chapter 4 - You Can't Be the Only Leader
  • Chapter 5 - Use Staff Turnover to Improve
  • Chapter 6 - Give Distressed Assets Another Chance
  • Chapter 7 - "The Process"
  • Chapter 8 - Don't Let Outside Factors Impact Your Goals
  • Chapter 9 - Pick Where You Can Win
  • Chapter 10 - Delegation Is Good but Too Much Kills the Culture
  • Chapter 11 - Preparation Is Everything
  • Chapter 12 - Don't Waste a Failing
  • Chapter 13 - Evaluate Yourself Constantly, Evolve When Necessary
  • Chapter 14 - Honesty Is Hard but Critical
  • Chapter 15 - "Rat Poison" and Other Lessons from the Podium
  • Chapter 16 - Complacency Kills Future Success
  • Chapter 17 - Be True to Yourself
  • Chapter 18 - Applying Saban's Lessons Beyond Football