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Leadership may sound glamorous, but it’s far different from what most people imagine.

It’s hard work. It takes brains, grit, and persistence. You have to earn the trust and respect of your team.

You have to do more than just learn new skills to become a good leader, too—you have to work on yourself to overcome the mental hurdles holding you back, including deeply-ingrained negative behaviors and emotions. 

Luckily, no matter your previous experience, you can become a better leader. And who better to learn from than Mark Divine, who’s releasing a new book on leadership called Staring Down the Wolf: 7 Leadership Commitments That Forge Elite Teams.

In case you’re not familiar with Mark, he’s a master in mental toughness and leadership. He’s not just a New York Times bestselling author and creator of several multi-million dollar businesses (including SEALFIT and Unbeatable Mind), he was also a Navy SEAL for 20 years and climbed the rank of commander before retiring.

So it goes without saying that Mark isn’t just talking the talk.

In this episode, we talk about . . .

  • How leading a team in the civilian world is different from the SEALs
  • The hard lessons he learned from his first major business failure
  • Common leadership problems like internal biases and a lack of emotional awareness
  • Stages of leadership development and the importance of “vertical growth” and mastering yourself
  • And even a bit of book publishing, meditation, and spirituality . . .

So, if you want to become a better leader or even just a more well-rounded person more capable of serving a greater cause than yourself, definitely give this episode a listen!


13:25 – Why did you decide to write this book and why now?

20:29 – How was the transition from the navy seals to business?

30:13 – Why is vertical growth so important?

33:05 – What does that higher perspective look like?

50:05 – What does spirituality mean to you?

Mentioned on the show: 

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Mark’s New Book Staring Down the Wolf: 7 Leadership Commitments That Forge Elite Teams

Mark Divine’s Website

Mark Divine’s Podcast

Mark Divine’s Corporate Training

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