Two people yesterday spoke to me about an overwhelming link between the mindset of a great tennis player and the mindset of a great leader. Not that I am going to make a definitive analysis here, but a couple of fun, if not provocative, concepts:
- [in doubles,] best to pick a parter you respect and get along with, who also has complementary skills.
- in warm ups, everyone looks good. It’s when you are pushed wide out of the court and on the run in a game that you see the great players making shots. Under stress, you see the real you.
- the best players are always looking to improve. Seek to improve [get the motivation] and your listening skills will follow. Afterwards, there is nothing to replace hard work.