From Good to Great: 4 Ways World-Class Leaders are Wired!

From Good to Great: 4 Ways World-Class Leaders are Wired!

“A leader of one, a leader of many…if you can’t lead ONE, you can’t lead any.” Leadership is everything, baby. And it starts with you.

From training Super Bowl champions and NFL MVP’s to picking the brains of Fortune 500 CEOs and inspiring average Joes, I’ve found world-class leaders think alike. May these thoughts be your guiding light on the road to world class.

 

#1.  The Bigger Your Dream…The More Important Your Team

Kevin Plank, the CEO of Under Armour, hit me with this rhyme years ago, and it is one of the driving forces behind the incredible culture we’ve built here at Fitness Quest 10. When I first opened the doors of FQ10, I was a one-man wrecking crew. I trained, performed bodywork, and “managed” the place on my own. Since then, my original facility (“The Roots,” as I like to call it) has expanded exponentially, and my team has exploded from one to more than 38 members while earning numerous accolades along the way. I owe those awards to my team. Had Kevin not made me understand the value of surrounding myself with the right people, I’d be lucky to afford rent on The Roots; and I’d be bleeding clients to this day.

If you take only one nugget out of this piece, understand that to fulfill your dreams, you need to build your team. Heck, if Fitness Quest 10 isn’t proof enough, take a look at Under Armour’s track record since 1996. World-class leaders invest whatever it takes — and then some — into building world-class teams.

 

#2.  Problems Create Beneficial Rearrangements

Believe it or not, I had to fire the first GM I hand-picked for Fitness Quest 10… and I loved the guy! Unfortunately, it wasn’t the right fit, and the problem was this: Without him, I was back to being a one-man wrecking crew in dire need of help. I’d have prospective clients come in the door, and I couldn’t even acknowledge them because I was knee-deep in sessions. Instead of dwelling on this “problem,” I sought a resolution. That whole no-manager situation eventually led me to finding Julie Wilcox (we just so happened to pluck her from Nordstrom of all places), who is a client-turned-manager and has been an integral part of what I’ve done for more than 10 years now.

The road to world class is not perfectly paved. From speed bumps to stop lights, obstacles will get in your way. It’s how you react to them that defines you as a leader. World-class leaders view problems as the opportunity to create beneficial rearrangements and put the pieces together to maximize those new arrangements.

 

#3.  90% of the Battle Is Showing Up

While you may see me as a persistently positive guy, I have my down days, too. My Dad died when I was a 20-year-old college kid, my best friend passed away in a tragic motorized scooter accident, and my lifelong dream of becoming a professional football player was crushed before my eyes when two linebackers demolished my back. We all have our struggles and I’m no different than you or anyone else.

What sets world-class leaders apart from the pack is they always show up — especially when they don’t want to. They understand that 90% of any battle, no matter how big or how small, is simply being present. Whether it’s a difficult conversation, a crazy client, or a life-changing event, world-class leaders will always be there.

 

#4.  Be Humble, Be Hungry

I’ll leave you with this, my friends. Be humble, be hungry. When your world-class ways take you to the top, you and your team will set new goals to achieve. Rather than continually celebrating your success and resting at the peaks, it will be time to elevate to new heights and make fresh dreams realities.

As a world-class leader, you need to be equally humble and hungry… this is the lethal combination of characteristics to continue down the road to — and through — world class. I can’t wait to see you there.

As I often state, “You can only take a client on a journey as far as you’ve taken yourself.” Keep going deep and leading YOU on all levels.

Much love and much Leadership!

Todd

P.S. I Would Love Your COMMENTS & QUESTIONS…

If you have any comments or questions stemming from my article on LEADERSHIP, please comment below. Or comment on which of the “4 Ways of World Class Leadership” most resonates with you. I will do my best to respond to all questions/comments. Thanks!

 

About the Author

Todd Durkin, MA, CSCS, is an internationally-recognized performance trainer, bodyworker, speaker, author, and owner of award-winning gym Fitness Quest 10 in San Diego, CA (one of the Top 10 Gyms in the U.S.). His outstanding team of 38 professionals deliver extraordinary service in personal training, sports performance training, massage/bodywork, Pilates, yoga, physical therapy and chiropractic. Todd is the Lead Training Advisor for Under Armour, regular contributor to Men’s Health, and author of The IMPACT! Body Plan.

Todd Durkin created a “DOSE of DURKIN” to motivate and inspire people through weekly text messages every Monday morning that infuse video, audio, or just plain text messages. They are guaranteed to get your mind right and fire-you up. Check out DoseOfDurkin.com to OPT-IN and start receiving your FREE messages.

Todd is also the President/CEO of Todd Durkin Enterprises where he conducts motivational keynotes/presentations, educational & leadership workshops, he operates a Mastermind Group for dedicated fitness entrepreneurs, and he presents internationally on health, fitness, peak performance, and success in life.

You can follow him on Twitter and Instagram at @ToddDurkin, his FB Fan page at ToddDurkinFQ10, or sign up for his monthly motivational newsletter at www.ToddDurkin.com. You can get more information on his facility at www.FitnessQuest10.com or www.ToddDurkin.com.

5 responses to “From Good to Great: 4 Ways World-Class Leaders are Wired!

  1. I love you. Thank you for your fantastic inspiration and fire. Your mindset is applicable to anyone, anywhere no matter what his or her goal is.

    I am a senior citizen and planning a new business and relocation to France. I read and reread you every day.

    My all time favorite is the YouTube on commitment. I may have that one memorized.

    You are great. Thank you!!

  2. Thank your for this blog, it has come at a good time for me. I have followed you for awhile now and would love to hear more going back to your “roots” days regarding leadership. I have just been named the Varsity Volleyball Coach at our local high school. I am not from this town originally and have a lot of work to do. There is not much school spirit at this school, especially for girls sports. Plus, I will be the 3rd coach in 4 years for the girls that are going in to their senior year! So, I need advice on building the teamwork amongst the girls, and promoting the team and getting people to follow us and cheer us on.
    I am very interested in your mastermind group for the non fitness/trainer people that you mentioned in your book.
    thank you for your time,

    1. Congrats on the opportunity that exists Rebecca. Fantastic! I will have a series of articles that I plan to write on leadership coming up and will include the “building teamwork” aspect. Great topic. I’ll keep you posted on the Mastermind Group for non-fitness pros we are looking at forming stemming from WOW BOOK. Thanks so much.

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