BeALifter Leadership Interview Series #10 with Rufus Alexander
10 Questions from Leaders that make a difference!
Jim Rohn once said, “Your success in the next 5 years will be determined by the books you read and the people you meet.”
This is a testimony to my personal leadership growth over the past 20 years. I continue to learn each day by connecting with some of the most talented people in business. In this series, I want to add value to your leadership growth by introducing you to leaders that make impact as they share challenges, successes, and perspectives on their journey as a business leader or in their personal life. So let’s get started…
Today, we are going to hear from Rufus Alexander with Tatum Insurance in Norman, Oklahoma. Rufus attended the University of Oklahoma where he played football for the Sooners from 2003-2006. He was an All American linebacker and received Defensive Player of the Year honors in the Big 12. Rufus was drafted in the NFL by the Minnesota Vikings in the 6th round and is now a business leader at Tatum Insurance. In the fall, you will also hear Rufus on the Oklahoma Sooners football radio broadcast sharing his perspectives on each game. I enjoyed meeting Rufus earlier this year attending a football game in Norman and immediately sensed his passion for people. He is authentic, approachable, and a great ambassador for the University. You are going to enjoy getting to know him too!
Now let’s get started…
- Where did you grow up?
Breaux Bridge, LA
- How did you get started in business/career?
A friend of mine approached me and said I would be good at and I gave it a shot.
- Do you remember a challenge or life lesson that you had to overcome early in your football career which made you a better leader?
I tore my ACL my freshman year in college. It taught me patience, dedication, and perseverance. It also allowed me to see other guys lead the team, which I observed and took pointers.
- What was that moment when you knew that you had found your lane, your purpose in life?
The moment I started enjoying what I was doing, it consume my mind, and heart every day. I continue trying to perfect my craft.
- What is your most favorite achievement?
Getting a scholarship and graduating from the University of Oklahoma
- Is there any one person that inspired or mentored you along the way?
My high school Coach David Barham
- Do you have a saying or mantra that you live by?
Effort needs no Talent
- What book are you reading or audio to help grow your leadership right now?
The Motivation Manifesto By: Brendon Burchard
- Can you share any of your daily disciplines that help you stay focused as a leader?
Working out, it keeps mentally and physically fit to attack every day.
- What advice would you give others to help them on their leadership journey?
Listen and observe, before you lead. You can’t lead without knowing and understanding your situation and people.
Thank you for sharing your wisdom with us, Rufus. Some of my takeaways include: When you encourage people, you can change their life. When you have a setback in life, you can learn a lot from observing others such as patience, dedication, and perseverance. When you find something you enjoy, focus on improving your craft each day. Everyone needs a mentor and some of the best mentors are your coaches in sports and in business. Effort needs no talent is a great mantra to live by. I love this! One of the most common threads I see in leaders today is to work on yourself each day which includes reading and focusing on your health and fitness. Finally, some great advice for others is to listen and observe, before you lead. You can’t lead without knowing and understanding your situation and people.
For questions about this leadership interview series, send email to firstname.lastname@example.org. To find out more information about Tatum Insurance click link below and ask for Rufus! https://www.tatuminsurance.com/locations/insurance-in-norman-ok/
Bruce Waller, CRP, PHR, SHRM-CP is the Vice President of Armstrong Relocation and Companies in Dallas, Texas. You can visit his BLOG “A Relocation Minute” with Bruce Waller at https://brucewaller.wordpress.com/ for more information on employee relocation resources, call 972-389-5673, or email email@example.com. Follow @brucewaller on Twitter too!