Published in Entrepreneur Magazine
If you’re a CEO or manager who aims to win, make the following characteristics of a standout athlete part of your game plan.
Few people reach the top alone. Competitive athletes understand the value of working as a team, where each person plays an important role. During a swim race, I practiced intense focus to accomplish independent goals while knowing when to hand off the baton to my teammates.
As an entrepreneur, it’s critical for me to take a hands-on approach and understand how my business runs from every aspect. I take pride in being able to enter any department in the company — whether it’s sales, finance or customer support — and perform any task firsthand. But a leader must also know when to hand off the baton. I’m well aware of my team’s strengths, and I delegate projects that challenge them to excel and improve. Revel Systems’s unparalleled growth over the past four years has only been possible because of this high level of collaboration.