Today’s guest post is by Rod Olson, a highly sought-after speaker, author, coach, and leadership consultant. In addition to 20 years of experience as a collegiate football coach, Olson has trained over 100,000 leaders nationwide. Today only: get his book, The Legacy Builder—along with three other titles by top leadership experts—for 70% off with the True Leadership Bundle!
What if you could spend a day with the leaders of the Army Rangers, a day with the leaders of the Navy SEALs in Coronado, CA, and then be a fly on the wall in an informal meeting with Peyton Manning? I was blessed enough to be able to do just this.
Here are three gold nuggets of wisdom I picked up on my journeys this past month with some of these elite leaders.
1. Focus on facts, not feelings
As I found myself at the edge of a 75-foot cliff, I had a decision to make: succumb to my feelings of fear and doubt, or trust the facts and training that I received earlier and repel down the cliff. It had been a long time since I was on the player’s side of things, and this cliff was forcing me to put my “leadership” teachings to the test.
Army Ranger leaders have their soldiers focus on the facts—not how they feel when performing difficult tasks. If we hope to get through trying circumstances, or coach others to do the same, we must focus on the situation’s facts, not our feelings.
2. Develop the person, not the title
“If we can’t trust you as a man, we won’t be able to trust you as a soldier,” said the veteran SEAL instructor. When I heard this, it reminded me of the importance of developing the person, not just the athlete, employee, or student.
The SEAL instructors believe it’s their calling to develop special people who do uncommon things. If we hope to develop elite athletes, employees, or students, we must also develop the person. Excellence, selflessness, and discipline are ways of life—not something you can turn on and off. They must be lived and coached daily.
3. Expand your “court awareness”
“Pressure is something you feel when you don’t know what you are doing.” —Peyton Manning
As I watched Peyton Manning enter the baseball manager’s office, the manager said to me, “Rod, years ago, Peyton came to take batting practice here and he’s the only celebrity that has ever asked me if I could take him underneath to the batting cages for a short coaching session prior to him taking batting practice on the field that afternoon . . . that tells you a bit about who Peyton is.”
Manning’s preparation skills are well documented, just as we see in the quote above; however, as I sat in the office with him that day, another quality jumped out: court awareness. As I listened to Manning speak, his awareness of his surroundings and others was palpable. He acknowledged others in the room and included us in the conversation. He honored the differences and similarities of baseball and football, and most importantly, he didn’t do or say anything inappropriate. And with great court awareness comes both maturity and humility—qualities that are integral to being a strong leader.
Going forward, here are some questions to consider:
1. In times of stress, do I focus on facts or feelings?
2. Am I development driven or results driven?
3. Would the people I lead say that I have great “court awareness?”
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Today’s guest post is by Rod Olson, a highly sought-after speaker, author, coach, and leadership consultant. In addition to 20 years of experience as a collegiate football coach, Olson has trained over 100,000 leaders nationwide. Today only: get his book, The Legacy Builder—along with three other titles by top leadership experts—for 70% off with the […]