True Leadership Means Knowing When and How to Follow

Whenever someone sets out to accomplish a goal they may begin the journey alone, but they will never reach the destination without the help of others. Every athlete, every business, and every team knows this because, behind that great team, there’s a great leader. Leadership is just one of the Four Pillars that Elemental Edge Training employs in improving team building and team success.

It takes an entire team of people working closely together to bring a topnotch team to their best. No prize ever truly goes to a single individual; it’s all about the team. In that moment of victory, you stand with everyone who helped you along the way. Everyone who held you accountable when you didn’t want to finish, every leader who taught you to lead as you followed, every member of your team.

So, even if you’re training for a solo event, you’re never competing alone. Your team, and your leadership team, are with you from the moment you begin to the moment you cross that finish line. If you want to make the most of your race, you have to make the most of working with your team. The key to that is understanding when to lead and when to follow.

This is especially important when you’re training for something like Ironman, or any triathlon. These are grueling events where perseverance reigns and every stage will test the boundaries of your mental and physical prowess. You’re going to be preparing your body for at least a year in advance, and you’re going to need several styles of training to perform well.

In any triathlon, the swim is the best way to make up for lost time. That’s why it’s so important to make sure you know everything you need to have a competitive edge in this aspect of the race. We can give you that edge, but only if you arrive with the right attitude. We have one day to assess your ability and teach you how to make the best out of your swim.

If you can’t follow our lead, then we can’t help you.

Every great leader knows that there are times to listen as well as times to lead. You’re in the limelight when you’re running the race, but every minute up until then belongs to your trainers. If you can’t take direction, then you are not going to get the full benefits from your training. If you cannot follow, you cannot lead. That’s because following a good leader takes the same things as being a good leader: humility, patience, and perseverance.

If we’re going to improve your performance in a day, then we’re going to have to work you hard to do it. Our role as leaders is to help you stay accountable for your commitments. It’s up to you to follow through on what you have promised yourself. We can guide you, but only if you are willing to listen.

It’s also up to you to come prepared. To get the most out of this training, you should arrive with some knowledge of where you need improvement. We can only help you as much as you are helping yourself. We can improve every nuance of your swim, but only if you arrive prepared. Be accountable.

If all of this makes us sound tough, it’s because we are. That’s what’s going to help you become your best. That’s what’s going to help you cross that finish line knowing you blew your goals out of the water. And, when you do, we’ll be right there at your side; cheering you on.

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About Elemental Edge Training

Founded by former Navy SEAL Bill Atkinson, Elemental Edge Training offers highly organized, fast-paced half, full and three day workshops that enhance your ability to lead, follow, communicate and participate as an individual and on a team. Lectures, discussions and practicals, and a rapid fire “Plan-brief-execute-debrief” format hammer home why you’re here and what you must change to improve your personal and professional life. We also teach you a Navy SEAL mindset approach that’s a game changer for you and your team and includes direct and immediate feedback, along with “report card” to take home round out the experience, give pause for reflection, and inspire further change.