What Nadal teaches us about Leadership

I love watching sports – the players are always so in-the-moment, they are future focused (i.e. where the ball is going not where it was, where the game is going, not where it was). In many ways, athletes and leaders have quite a bit in common in terms of discipline and focus. 

Two days ago, Ana Botin of Banco Santander, offered Rafael Nadal a job with the company when he retires on a video call in front of her employees.  What she wrote about Rafa about what he can teach us resonated with me, and I thought I would share it with you. The bullets are her words, not mine.

  • If you overthink the last point, you won’t be prepared for the next one.
  • Learn to forgive yourself, accept and control frustration, and keep working to improve.
  • Step-by-step, try to find a solution in every moment.
  • Don’t rush to success. Achieving your goals requires hard work, patience, and a long-term commitment.
  • Even with a winning strategy, you will not win every match. Accept it.
  • To be the best, you don’t have to have all the answers. Lean on your team, and let them speak up.
  • And a piece of sage advice from his father: observe everything and everyone around you carefully, take the good things and discard the bad ones.

Words to keep with us!  What do you think?

If you would like to see her post (source of this article) and watch the video, click here

All the best,

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