Leadership Lessons from the Weight Room

Here are six leadership lessons I’ve learned in the weight room from training experiences with my own athletes, as well as two years with the University of Maryland men’s and women’s basketball teams.

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Stay Ready so You Don’t Have to Get Ready (Video)

So I urge you, stay ready so you don’t have to get ready. Stay checked in so when your time and chance comes, you’re ready to seize it.

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Leading Your Teammates with One Word (Video)

The “N” in NITE Communication stands for Names. Leadership guru, Dale Carnegie, said “the most beautiful sound in any language is the sound of someone’s name.” People love to hear their names. Your teammates will play better for you and you’ll get their attention quicker, on court, just by using their names.

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Eliminate Complaining from your Life

Have you ever stopped to consider the fact that it would be possible to go through your whole life without ever bothering to complain about anything? Many people have made commitments to do just that and they love the results. So would you.

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THINK THE GAME

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Championship Approach to Petty Problems (video)

Mentally toughness athletes love it when conditions are not fair. They get excited because they know the other people will be distracted. Start to view every negative circumstance as an opportunity to show how you’re different.

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What If Your Coach Yells At You (video)

Mental Toughness or mental strength is what you choose to focus on. Players and people that aren’t very mentally tough tend to put their focus on petty problems.

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The Discipline of Precision (video)

Precision is having the discipline to do something as well as it can be done, every single time, even if it’s uncomfortable or inconvenient. Most players are not real dedicated to precision. Most people are happy to do stuff “pretty well” or just good enough to get by but special players understand that precision is doing all the things that say I care enough to be average.

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How to Get Your Teammates to Play Better (Video)

One of the most overlooked skills that every great point guard and every great leader possess is the ability to give reminders. If you learn to give reminders, your teammates will play better.

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