Leadership: Investing in Yourself

by Todd Durkin |  Date Released : 15 Mar 2009

  • The definition of leadership
  • The transactional leader
  • The transformational leader
  • Authentic leaders can sustain results over time
  • Leaders are able to empower and motivate people to produce extraordinary results
  • Leadership can be taught.. it is a skill
  • The importance of leadership in the fitness industry and in today’s economy
  • There’s a lot of opportunity out there if you’re creative and innovative
  • There’s nothing more important to a leader than to invest in ourselves
  • These tough times are going to allow the strong trainers and entrepreneurs to excel
  • The most prominent opportunities the economy presents
    • Continuity programs
    • Partner and semi-private training
    • Personal development
  • Authentic leaders work hard at developing themselves
  • Balancing the external world with the internal world
  • Getting feedback from support networks
  • Laser-like focus on your mission and vision
  • Leaders can only take their people as far as they have taken themselves
    • Innovation
    • Merchant of WOW
    • Authenticity
    • Guts
    • Ethics and excellence
  • Sharing your mission and vision
  • Providing opportunity for people to grow
  • The character traits of trainers who are least likely to succeed
    • Complacency: If you’re tired, you’re not inspired
    • Weak in the mindset
    • Followers
    • Those who don’t invest in themselves
  • The ever constant ability to get to the next level
  • Todd’s recommended study list
    • Read a book a month
    • "Winning" by Jack Welch
    • Herb Kelleher
    • Ken Blanchard
    • "The Speed of Trust" and "The 7 Habits of Highly Successful People" by Stephen Covey
    • "Good to Great" by Jim Collins
    • "The Seven Irrefutable Rules of Small Business Growth" by Stephen Little
  • There is no better you than you
  • Review yourself
  • Surround yourself with successful people
  • Great trainers and great leaders do a lot less talking and a lot more listening
  • John Wooden…if you want to be successful, you need hard work and enthusiasm
  • If you want more, give more
  • The five aspects to developing a health ego and leadership
  • Undertake a course of study under a master
  • Give power away…delegate making authority
  • Spend time with the vastness of nature
  • Practice genuine charity
  • Practice saying no

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Todd Durkin

About the author: Todd Durkin

Todd Durkin is a strength, speed, and conditioning coach, personal trainer, bodyworker and motivational speaker/coach. Todd owns and directs Fitness Quest 10, a center for health and human performance in San Diego, California. He works with a high profile athlete clientele of elite professional athletes from both the NFL and Major League Baseball as well as the normal, everyday population looking to improve their health and fitness.

Todd earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology from The College of William and Mary in Virginia. He has also earned a Master’s degree in Exercise and Nutritional Science with a specialty in biomechanics/sports medicine from San Diego State University. He has certifications as a strength and conditioning specialist, personal trainer, massage therapist, neuromuscular therapist and has his teaching credential in health and physical education.

Todd has been featured on 60 Minutes, has appeared in Sports Illustrated, The New York Times, The Sporting News, ESPN The Magazine, BusinessWeek, Men’s Journal, Men’s Health, Men’s Fitness, Stack Magazine, appeared on ESPN, The NFL Network, MSNBC.com and is a contributor to Fitness , Shape and Self. He has been featured on Fox Morning News, CBS’s Exercise and Nutrition Special Report, ABC’s Being Healthy Report, NBC’s Friday Morning News and several other morning news programs. He is a spokesperson for Under Armour, the American Council on Exercise, IDEA, Perform Better, EFI Sports Medicine, Fitness Anywhere (TRX) and serves on the board for the Titleist Performance Institute.

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