Mike Krzyzewski

Head coach, Duke University men's basketball team

Childhood

Mike Krzyzewski was born in Chicago and raised on the city's Northwest side, among other working class Polish-American families. As a high school athlete, he made such an impression he was recruited by coach Bob Knight for the United States Military Academy at West Point, where he became captain of the basketball team. After graduation, he served in the U.S. Army from 1969 to 1974.

Leadership Qualities

As a high school athlete, he made such an impression he was recruited by coach Bob Knight for the United States Military Academy at West Point, where he became captain of the basketball team. After graduation, he served in the U.S. Army from 1969 to 1974. He is a good leader because one of the qualities is being brave and he obviously has that.

Leadership traits that helped others

He is brave and knows how to tell everyone what he is thinking about that subject. In his case, it is basketball.

Do leaders have to demonstrate all traits to be a good leader?

No because there are different types of leaders. There are coaches, teachers, and parents. A parent would be a different kind of leader than a teacher and vice versa.

Leadership qualities I need to gain

I probably need to gain the whole being able to speak my opinions effectively. I also need to become more brave with a lot of stuff like raising my hand in class.