The Australian Open Men’s Finals & Leadership Communication Level 1

My wife and I set our clock radio alarm for 3:30am Eastern Time Sunday morning.

We had an early morning appointment.

For the first time since attending in person the Australian Open Grand Slam Tennis Championships in 2010, we decided to get up early and watch the Men’s Final between the two top ranked men in tennis today, Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal.

It seems, the past 3-4 years on the biggest tennis stages in the world Nadal, Djokovic and Roger Federer continue to redefine the level in men’s tennis that began with men like Ken Rosewell and Rod Laver when I was a kid back in the late 60s & early 70s. That torch was picked up by Bjorn Borg, Jimmy Connors and John McEnroe, who handed it to Pete Sampras & Andre Agassi before Federer took things to an even higher level of athleticism and fitness.

Well, Sunday’s match Down Under raised the level once again.

For those of you who don’t pay attention to such things, Nadal and Djokovic battled on the Melbourne, Australia tennis court for nearly 6 consecutive hours (5 hours, 50-minutes) through five grueling sets, getting just a brief 10-minute rain delay break mid-way through the 4th set. Djokovic won the match for his third consecutive Grand Slam Championship.

I’m writing about this for two reasons:

1. First, I’m in awe of those athletes physical endurance, which except for other extreme athletes like marathoners and tri-athletes is almost super human. Being a life-long tennis player I am extremely aware of the physical pounding tennis players take every time they step on the court. Nadal and Djokovic performed more like gladiators pounding forehands, backhands and serves at each other, non-stop for a quarter of an entire day.

2. Secondly, I am more in awe of their mental endurance, and their ability to maintain singular focus over that period of time.

Of course, I am well aware of how much physical fitness impacts mental fitness. The physical status of those two world class athletes made their mental focus possible.

The reason I am writing about this is because that level of mental toughness and mental focus is Leadership Communication Level 1, which is the self-communication that leads to the self-leadership necessary to be most successful leading teams and organizations.

Whenever I interview prospective executive leadership coaching clients, the issues they want to improve within their organization most always refers back to their Level 1 Leadership Communication. 

In the survey I conducted last fall 35% of business leaders admitted that Level 1 Leadership Communication was their weakest of the 3 levels of leadership communication.

You can learn more about the topic at this link, which I wrote about last fall, but for this article, know that it is basically about emotional mastery because that skill is the foundation of self-motivation and mental focus.

How would you rate yourself in Level 1 Leadership Communication?

If you think you could improve in this area, click this link and learn why an international group of participants is going to be joining me in the Leadership Communication Mastery Series, which starts on February 16th.

’til next time, make it a great week!