Posted by Tony Montgomery under General  on Jul 16 2015

“So great leaders don't try to please everyone. Great leaders don't water down their message in order to make the tribe a bit bigger. Instead, they realize that a motivated, connected tribe in the midst of a movement is far more powerful than a larger group could ever be.”
? Seth Godin
This quote has so many meanings to it, but the one I'd like to take away from it is a true leader doesn't need yes men, they need people willing to accept their flaws and grow to build a bigger and better team. It's not all about you, although many people feel this sense of entitlement that everything should be done for them. I've had to drop training partners before because all they wanted was me to coach them and not to be a training partner there to push me. These same people will continue to leach off of every person they can until they are by themselves.
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Trying to build a team with one mind, one goal is tough but it comes from the top. The one's willing to lead should be the ones who tell it like it is and to have higher expectations of themselves so that others will follow. True leaders lead from the front they don't hide when they should speak up, they don't coward down when faced with adversity. They look within themselves, reflect, fix and improve to show others this is how its done, this is how it should be.
To often leaders want to be liked more than they want lead. In the gym you keep people accountable, you tell them they aren't doing something right and tell them how to fix it. Its a tight rope for sure as if you are to truthful people get their feelings hurt and they leave and that affects your pay. I feel the fear of losing members is what creates an awful tribe. You set the standard stick to it, and the weak will leave and it may suck financially for awhile but you will start to build the team you want. This team will all have the same goal and the same mindset.
For me its hard to find that person or group that wants to be great as bad as I do. But I won't stop looking for it and demanding it because when that happens than not only will I reach my true potential but everyone in my group around me will. I will travel the world to find it and along the way I will learn, grow, and become a better leader and athlete so that I can bring out the best in the one's around me and to give my heart to them as well.

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