Roadtrip to the League
- Class: Leadership
- Educator: Matthew McKinney
- Home Base: Bullis School
I mashed up my Interests to direct me down my own road. Take the Roadmap quiz for yourself!
Being Physically Acive
Environment & Nature
Working with Others
I aim to be creative by making and using connections I make during my life to improve my business skillset and improve my knowledge of the sports industry.
General Manager/Executive Vice President, Baltimore Ravens
Eric Decosta, the General manager of the Baltimore Ravens facilitates a culture of winning and excellence, performs crucial tasks for team success, and helps ensure the happiness and success of his staff.
What type of route did this leader take?
"It was straightforward."
"It took a while to figure out."
"I tried everything."
Leader's Work Life
He comes in very early in the morning, and he meets with many Ravens executives, coach Harbaugh, and his staff throughout the day. He also reviews contracts, watches film, and performs many other crucial football and front office tasks.
People told him jobs were nearly impossible to come by. He was told he would never achieve his dreams of running a professional sports team. People said it was unrealistic to make the NFL in any capacity as a D3 school graduate
Advice from my Leader
Meaningful connections with others are the most important way to grow your leadership and career. Mentors are extremely important, as they provide you with ways and opportunities to grow and succeed. Always work with an underdog mindset - it will motivate you to work hard and to always do your best work.
The most important thing I learned from making my cold-calls was to make sure you formally introduce yourself and provide ways to learn more about you. The leader you contact will have no idea who you are or what you want to interview him about. I learned that it is uncommon to get somebody to answer, so I learned that making sure your voicemail includes as much information as possible in less than a few minutes is important. If the leader seems interested, they'll call back to find out more information.
Before and After
Before my Leader interview, I thought confidence is key but now I realize that it's important to be very humble and absorb as much information as possible.