Beth Goetz is a calming voice with Minnesota Gopher fans, who expect the program to rise again.
Beth grew up in a strong family as the oldest of four girls. “I was the prototypical oldest child – very independent and competitive, but also a caretaker,” she explains. Her identity was shaped as a hardworking, multi-sport athlete in high school and college. “I was never the best athlete on my teams, but I was a captain because I could stay positive and steady under pressure – and the girls would follow me.”
A coaching mentor helped her learn that she could stay positive by choosing who she allowed to influence her thinking. “I love the idea that we shouldn’t let people live rent-free in our head,” she explained. “I’ve learned to shut out the negative people and stay focused on what I can control – that’s a real key for my leadership.”
Perhaps it was the early work ethic that prepared her for the pressure-cooker role she has today. “Looking back, I’ve always taken great pride in working hard,” she recalls. “Ever since my first job working for Domino’s Pizza when I was 14 years old, I’ve always been working. I didn’t want to ask for money…and I discovered I like to work!” she smiled.
That’s a good thing, because a job in the Athletic Department of a university is 24/7. “There is always something with student athletes that needs our attention,” she explained. And with dozens of sports to monitor, she gets to watch one of the Gopher teams compete nearly every day of the year. “It’s a great job for me, because freely I get to watch all kinds of sports that most people pay a lot of money to see,” she shared.
Good leaders stay focused on doing what’s right when thrust into the spotlight. And they rely on a lifetime of preparation to stay positive.
Please share with me: When were you thrust into the spotlight, and how did you perform?