Don’t Go Love-40 in your Leadership Game

I’ve been at the US Open all weekend, enthused by Juan Martín del Potro’s fantastic comeback. The man who was contemplating retirement after four wrist surgeries, instead found himself heading to the quarterfinals as the crowd cheered “Olé!” Each of the competitors at the US Open has worked hard to get where they are – but they have not done it alone. They have been coached and developed into the players they are today.

We all benefit from both group and individual coaching. And whether you are developing your serve or developing your leaders, giving careful consideration to your approach is essential.

The Connection between Coaching Tennis Stars and Developing Emerging Leaders

Consider the top professional tennis players in the world: Novak Đjoković, Andy Murray, Roger Federer, and Juan Martín del Potro. Each of these men are exceptional tennis players, but they are not coached by the same person, nor do they focus on developing the same skill sets to improve their game and enhance their competitive edge. Federer works on his physical health, while Đjoković strengthens his serve. Murray is working on net play, and del Potro focuses on strengthening his backhand.

They are the top players because each of them receives customized, one-on-one coaching that fine-tunes their individual talents, so that they can play at the top of their game.

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Getting Peak Performance from New Leaders

To get the best out of your people and have a pipeline of talent at your disposal, your leadership development program should:

  1. Begin at the entry level. Don’t wait to start your efforts. Develop managers early on in their careers.
  2. Cultivate unique skills. Each individual has something special that can be leveraged. By developing leaders one-on-one, you are well-positioned to cultivate their unique skills for your organization.
  3. Focus development efforts to deliver business results. Align your development program with your business strategy for tangible business results that give credibility to the investment.

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We want your new leaders to win the leadership game, 40-Love. At East Tenth Group, we believe leadership development should be a one-on-one, customized opportunity to develop and build on the existing talents of the individual, with ongoing support for continued development over the long term. Our approach is supported by recent research that claims managers are “America’s most neglected employee.” While experienced managers benefit from ongoing development opportunities, emerging managers also need this focus for the future of your organization.

Take.Action.Now. Put new managers in the game early on, and create leaders who drive peak performance with winning plays.


As the CEO & Founder of East Tenth Group, Michelle leverages 25 years of business and experience as a strategic advisor and executive coach to help drive actionable people solutions and provide practical insights on business strategy to senior leaders. she and her team and are fiercely committed to the development and growth of people and companies because we believe that when people thrive, business thrives.

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