Published December 9, 2021

Ep 96: Leadership Lessons from a Navy SEAL—Mark Divine & Trey McKnight

TOPICS IN THIS PODCAST

Leading YourselfLearning Agility

How can leaders learn to remain calm, think clearly, and act decisively in stressful situations? Author and former Navy SEAL, Mark Divine joins us to explain how special forces operators maintain focus and clarity in the highest-stress situations imaginable. He also shows how these simple techniques can benefit leaders in all environments and at all levels. By committing to growth at the character and soul level, leaders can unlock the “20x” potential of their teams and impact the world around them.

Show Notes

SUMMARY:

How can leaders learn to remain calm, think clearly, and act decisively in stressful situations? Author and former Navy SEAL, Mark Divine joins us to explain how special forces operators maintain focus and clarity in the highest-stress situations imaginable. He also shows how these simple techniques can benefit leaders in all environments and at all levels. By committing to growth at the character and soul level, leaders can unlock the “20x” potential of their teams and impact the world around them.

 

KEY TAKEAWAYS:

“LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT” INCLUDES MUCH MORE THAN ACQUIRING MORE SKILLS. True transformational leadership development involves character and intuition, and often takes place at the level of the soul.

 

LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT IS IMPACTED BY THE CONTEXT OF LEADERSHIP. Our world is now so complex that traditional leadership development models are insufficient. We need models that address the VUCA (Volatile, Uncertain, Chaotic, and Ambiguous) nature of today’s world.

 

THE TEAM IS THE NEW LEADER. Leadership in today’s environment involves unlocking the potential of the team. A leader’s biases, fears, and character flaws can become the limiting factor of the team.

 

THE GOAL OF THE TEAM IS TO UNLOCK THE 20X POTENTIAL. Becoming more intuitive, fully-formed individuals, a team is able to increase its effectiveness and capacity by a factor of 20.

 

DEVELOPING YOUR OWN SET POINT IS CRITICAL. Before you know where you want to go—your purpose, or your mission—you need to know where you are right now. Discovering your true, unique purpose, and the things you stand for leads to clarity and alignment in your life’s mission.

 

TO FIND YOUR SET POINT, PRACTICE SLOWING DOWN. Quality inner work unlocks calling. Meditation, journaling, and visualization are powerful and helpful tools.

 

BE WILLING TO DE-CLUTTER YOUR LIFE. Clarity of purpose leads to being able to say “yes” to the right commitments, and “no” to others.

 

LIVE “ONE DAY, ONE LIFETIME.” Each day, you have the ability to choose to move towards your life’s purpose and calling, determine the most important thing you need to do for that day, and also to choose the most important training you can do to prepare yourself.

 

BUILD MENTAL TOUGHNESS WITH SIMPLE TOOLS. You can build mental toughness and resilience using four basic training tools: 1) “Box” breathing; 2) Learning to detect and block negative thoughts and emotional patterns; 3) User imagery and visualization; 4) Learn to set micro goals.

 

 

 

RELATED LINKS:

Global Leadership Network 

The Global Leadership Summit 

The Global Leadership Summit: Special Edition 

Trey McKnight 

Mark Divine 

Unbeatable 

SEALFit 

Liz Bohannon  

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