Leadership is an Olympic sport

Written by Vicky Emery

June 28, 2021

Leadership is an Olympic sport and leaders are elite athletes…

OR a Change leadership is an Olympic sport – are you ready to be an elite athlete?

It’s an interesting concept, isn’t it? With the Tokyo Olympics nearing, I’ve been having this conversation with people leaders at all stages of their careers and trying to land all sorts of changes.

Like elite athletes, it takes time and experience to hone your craft, build your resilience, perfect your technique and instincts. You need to take the plunge and fail and learn and try again, gather success stories and be willing, every day, to show up and do it all over again. I know as a senior leader of many years myself, it can be a very lonely job. And, for too long, we have expected leaders to take it all on themselves.

And that’s my point in this blog. It doesn’t have to be a lonely or solo job. Elite athletes tap into a fantastic array of resources and know that is how they will improve. Let’s take Usain Bolt as an example. He taps into his posse – a Sports Psychologist, a stride coach, a breathing coach, a dietitian, medical doctors, his PR company etc.

If we go with the idea of Leadership, and in particular, change leadership, as an Olympic sport, who do you need around you as an elite athlete? Why wouldn’t you tap them in as you need to – it’s courageous, committed and a catalyst for your own confidence and performance.

Let’s continue the conversation:

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