Kevin Warren and his wife, Greta, donated 700 backpacks filled with school supplies to Lucy Craft Laney Community School in Minneapolis. He will tell us all about it at the Good Leadership Breakfast, October 18, 2013.

I believe the path to greatness is paved by good leaders – like you and me – who are radiating goodness today and everyday.  Spending an hour with Kevin Warren deepened my convictions and strengthened my faith in how goodness leads to greatness.

If you join us for the Good Leadership Breakfast this Friday at 7:15 am, you will find insights through these contradictions:

How could a man so large and strong have a handshake so gentle and inviting? How could one of the most powerful negotiators in professional sports speak so softly? And how could the NFL’s most influential African American executive present himself so humbly, within a sports culture of speed, glitz and bling?

Kevin Warren, Vice President of Legal Affairs and Chief Administrative Officer of the Minnesota Vikings, is the highest ranking African American executive in the National Football League.

“I was raised on the simple things: do your best, work hard, treat people right and always find the goodness in everything,” Kevin recalls. His faith was well-healed at an early age: at 12 years old he was accidentally run over by a car. His mother’s strong faith and encouragement helped him thrive in recovery. Against all odds, he earned a Division 1 basketball scholarship at Penn, then an MBA and a law degree from Notre Dame.

“Mom believed a significant part of the disease in our society is caused by the dis-ease we create for ourselves. I learned from my own experience to seek the positive in life, to believe anything is possible and to always be grateful” Kevin smiled.

Kevin Warren signed the deal to build the most modern stadium in the world in Minneapolis.

Today, he’s shaping the foundation for one of America’s most powerful entertainment outlets. While negotiating the deal to build the new Minnesota Vikings stadium, he paused to identify the exhausting challenge as a “legacy moment” – work that will be remembered long past his own life.

In our first meeting, we talked philosophy for raising high school children, his love for vacationing in Carmel, California, his passion for leadership – and the value of his friendships with Condoleezza Rice and Roger Goodell. There is no doubt in my mind he is paving the way for greatness.

Good leaders make a habit of staying positive and grateful in all life situations. And they use the hardships in their lives to fuel the goodness in their endeavors.

What have you learned from the hardships in your journey?

Very few seats remain for Friday’s breakfast!  Will you join us?