by Dana Cavalea May 19, 2021

Hi Team...

Today I wanted to talk about leadership.

It is a critical topic that I find is not addressed properly.

Why is it not addressed properly Coach?

Well- there is a little too much sugar on the topic for me.

Meaning, leadership is spoken about in such a pollyanna way... 

And, for those of you that are leaders day to day- you know this is not true.

Leadership is a battle.

Whether you are leading others, or leading yourself, it is tough.

One of the hardest things in the World.

So, it really pisses me off to see it spoken of in such "gentle" terms....

Yesterday, I recorded a podcast and video on the topic- discussing the 7-Reasons WHY Most Leaders Suck and Fail.

Is the title aggressive? Yes.

Did I speak truth? Yes.

Why? To help you be the best damn leader you can be.

Even if you are not leading a large team, or, any team- the same rules apply to leading yourself.

Let me share WHY most leaders struggle to be great....

⭐Leaders need immense clarity

⭐Leaders must be able to articulate a vision

⭐Leaders that are too conceptual will always lose

⭐Leaders that are half-in can never win

⭐Leaders that are afraid of making a mistake will always be bad leaders

⭐Leaders that are all about pleasing people will please nobody

⭐Leaders with no guts and courage will always fail

You see- leadership is a skill that takes work and practice.

For some people, it is much more natural.

For others, it takes work.

And for others, it is just not for them and that is OK.

Got it?

Not everyone has to be General Douglas MacArthur.

But, we all need to lead ourselves- there is no exceptions there.

When I read the list above- the 2-points that stick out the most to me are:

Leaders that are people pleasers can never be good leaders and ultimately please nobody. (btw- pleasing is not what leadership is about- challenging others to push their limits- and breakthrough limitations is).....


Leaders with no guts and courage will always fail.....

It takes guts and courage to not be a people pleaser, to go against the grain, to stand-up for something...

That all takes guts and courage.

This is why some of the greatest leaders in history- or, the ones in your inner circle that you truly admire standout.

They do things differently and are not afraid to go to battle for you, others, themselves, and what they believe in... and, what is right.

So, today, I want you to look at that list above and ask yourself if you have fallen victim to any of the above leadership diseases that lead to leadership struggle and failure.

If you have- it is ok.

That position is temporary if you want it to be.

If you want to elevate your leadership skills- start reversing the above and that can only happen through daily, scheduled, focused work.

When you commit to excellence- over time you will achieve it.

Be aware.

Be present.

Do the work.

That is what Champion Leaders do.

That is YOU.

Let's go!


For those of you waiting for a pic of the cows... here it is!

Dana Cavalea
Dana Cavalea

Dana Cavalea is the World Champion Director of Strength and Conditioning & Performance of the New York Yankees. Currently, he is a High Performance Speaker & Consultant to Pro Athletes, Entrepreneurs, Business Executives, and Workforces on lifestyle strategies to reduce stress, improve work/life integration, and most importantly improve daily performance /outcomes. Book Dana to Speak at your Company Event or Conference Today!

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