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Recently, I ran with someone who is fitter than me and faster than me.

I disliked the whole hour we were running, because it was hard work. The sun was beating down and he ran a faster pace than I usually do.

Coming up the last hill my chest felt like it was going to explode and so I was not at my most pleasant when he asked how I was doing.

Despite how much I disliked him and the run at the time, I’m going to be training with him regularly because I need to get fitter if I am going to beat my much younger, much stronger brother at Tough Mudder in September and doing stuff that is beyond me will get me fitter than doing more of the same.

This got me thinking about how the 4 really good leaders I’ve worked with over the past 20 years (there were some rubbish ones too) have challenged me in this same way.

And its why I train leaders how to do it on my Leadership Development programmes.

Pat Stanier gave me my first job with no experience at all, Martin Lovett promoted me twice without any relevant experience for the jobs I was promoted to, Peter Hills promoted me to Chairman at The Academy for Chief Executives when I’d started out as his PA and Ian Price gave me a job as Head of Chairman Development when I was one of his youngest Chairmen.

In every instance, you could argue there was someone better qualified.

However, they saw something in me that could be developed and they gave me a chance and I hope I’ve repaid their faith. Have I got things wrong sometimes? Yes. But let them down? I hope not, because I owe them a huge debt of gratitude.

The reason in I didn’t fail in any of those instances is because they delegated, empowered, mentored, coached, developed and trained me.

And without their faith and support there’s no way I’d be running my own business today.It’s fair to say they changed my life.

That something that they saw in me isn’t unique to me, by the way. Lots of people can do lots more than you think if you are willing to invest in them.

Which gives you less stress and more time to do the things that you want to do.

Don’t tell me show me.

At The Leader Centre we understand that it takes a leap of faith to work with a business you haven’t worked with before and that when your senior people are already busy it can feel like added pressure to take time out for training and development.

The problem with that is that when you don’t invest in training and development more of the pressure falls on you and your people and your business fall behind.

So we take that leap of faith with you and instead of just telling you what we do, we show you by offering half a day’s training for your senior team at our expense.

On that half day we show you how your business can achieve more and how senior people can reduce their stress by doing less than they are now.

To book your session simply get in touch via our contact page.

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