|The Psychology of Success: Leadership Lessons From an Olympic Swimmer|
What could Olympic medalist Katie Ledecky, who holds five gold medals in swimming and shattered the world record in the 800-meter freestyle at the 2016 Olympics, teach healthcare leaders about leadership? Four lessons stand out.
Do the work. Ledecky's day starts at 4:05 a.m. with a breakfast of two slices of toast with peanut butter and a banana or apple before swimming from 5-6:30 a.m. and again from 3:30-6 p.m., not counting one hour of dry-land training three days a week. She's spent thousands of hours honing her skills -- and she's 19. More than that: she wants to do the work required to succeed on a global level.
Skip the back-up plan. When your primary goal is the only goal in sight, you'll work harder to achieve it.
Don't follow the crowd. Ledecky trains at near-race pace every day, twice a day, with a stroke rate that is significantly higher than the rate of most swimmers.
Set big goals. Ledecky doesn't just want to win each race. She wants to set world records -- and she has, multiple times.
Never stop setting goals. After Ledecky first broke the world record in 800-mneter freestyle, she and her coach set a goal to do it again, this time with a winning time under 8 minutes, 5 seconds. Ledecky's winning time in the 2016 Olympics: 8 minutes, 4.79 seconds.
-- Adapted from "6 Ways Katie Ledecky Thinks Differently: The Psychology of Success," inc.com, Aug. 11, 2016.