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How to Lead Others to Achieve the Impossible

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On Aug 26th, Floyd Mayweather who was undefeated and heavily favored defeated Connor McGregor, who was fighting in his professional boxing debut. This fight lasted longer than most anticipated as McGregor hung tough until he lost by way of TKO in the 10th round. As I scrolled across my Twitter feed, I came across a profound tweet that I could not agree more with. Niagara University’s Baseball Coach, Rob McCoy tweeted, “My hope is that throughout my life my players have the courage to challenge the champ and the toughness to last 10 rounds.”

Part of being a leader is being able to foster an environment where you help others achieve things they would not able to achieve themselves in hopes that someday they will accomplish things previously thought unattainable. Rod Olson outlines a leadership model that is simple yet affective in his book, The Legacy Builder. His model is called Three-Dimensional Leadership.

Level 1:  Demonstrate Competency

This is the foundation of Olsen’s leadership model and something that all leaders must be able to demonstrate proficiency in. In order to lead, one must need to be fundamentally sound in his or her work. One cannot expect to gain the respect of others if they cannot handle their own business.

Level 2:  Know and practice the secrets of Motivation

It does not matter if you demonstrate competency if you cannot motivate others as a leader. It’s not enough just to be competent at your job to effectively lead. Leaders need to understand how others relate to the world. Leaders need to be able to understand the psychology of the people they lead was well and develop an understanding of people outside of their behaviors and actions. In a world that is becoming ever more shallow, people crave the connection that powerful relationships give.

Level 3: Capture Hearts while holding people accountable

This level is the smallest but the most important. Capturing someone’s heart is at the center of transformational leadership. If you treat people as human beings rather than production units you will be in the business of capturing hearts. People’s hearts are fragile but infinitely strong but if you are able to capture someone’s heart, the desired performance will follow.

If you could answer objectively, where would your employees or coworkers say you are on this model? Where would your kids put you? Where would your significant other put you? Are you modeling these steps with your players, kids, employees, or significant other to foster the conviction to challenge the champ and the toughness to last 10 rounds?