Margaret Thatcher once said, “Don’t follow the crowd, let the crowd follow you.” And John Quincy Adams said, “If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more, and become more, you are a leader.”
What makes a great leader? Is it strength? Is it courage? Is it the ability to perform under high-pressure? Is it humility? Is it the desire to inspire others?
Leadership can mean a lot of different things for different people, but think we can all agree on one thing — a leader’s main focus isn’t on themself. It’s on the people they lead.
A great leader is not ego-absorbed. They take time to listen to their team and ask for feedback. Great leaders know that they aren’t perfect, and in order to get better, they have to be open to change and growth. In high-stakes situations, a great leader makes the best decision for the whole team — not just for themself. And during all of this, they inspire their teams to grow alongside them.
Today on The School of Greatness, I had the pleasure of interviewing one of the greatest leaders out there — Rich Diviney, a former Navy SEAL officer with over 20 years of experience.
Rich Diviney has more than 20 years of experience as a Navy SEAL Officer. He completed more than 13 overseas deployments, achieved multiple leadership positions (including the Commanding Officer of a Navy SEAL Command), and since retirement in early 2017, has worked as a speaker, facilitator, and consultant with the Chapman & Co. Leadership Institute and Simon Sinek Inc.
During Rich’s time as the officer in charge of training for a specialized command, he reworked the selection and assessment program to identify key attributes rather than just skills. This allowed him and his cadre to more effectively, and more constructively, explain the success and failure of candidates. Most importantly, it allowed them to put together the highest performing team possible.
Additionally, he spearheaded the creation of a directorate that fused physical, mental, and emotional disciplines. He led his small team to create the first-ever “Mind Gym” that helped special operators train their brains to perform faster, longer, and better in all environments — especially high-stress ones.
Using the principles of this program, Rich has been able to work with more than five thousand business, athletic, and military leaders to teach leadership and optimal performance. And now, he’s put all that information into his new book, The Attributes: 25 Hidden Drivers of Optimal Performance. By reading this book, you’ll discover how you fit inside a team, show up for others, handle stress, challenge, and uncertainty, and how you can master your attributes for success.
I loved diving deep into the mindset of a Navy SEAL and learning all the techniques, lessons, and wisdom that comes from being a leader and a driver of success. I was honored to have Rich on the show, and I’m excited to share this interview with you all!
Join me on Episode 1,057 to learn how to attract success, destroy laziness, and achieve optimal performance with former Navy SEAL officer Rich Diviney.
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