Leaders Can Learn A Lot From Boxing

Posted: August 12, 2013 by thoughtsfrommyshelf in Leadership
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There are lessons that we learn in one area of our life that can translate and change the way we act in other areas of our life. Lessons that make and shape who we are. It is my conviction that leaders are not born leaders they are developed. In the same way that I believe that the best fighters who have won belts were not born champions- they worked hard to become the fighters they are in the ring.

As I have been reading books on leadership, I have seen the same character traits in great fighters. As I have read books on coaching leaders, I have seen the same tips applied by hall of fame corner men. As I have read about developing leaders and what to avoid in building them, I have admired the leadership of some coaches and have been able to see the flaws made in the corner of my favorite fighters.

A lot of people want to be leaders. The problem is that not all leaders want to ask the question, “Am I doing all that I can to become the person I need to be in order to be a great leader?” Having been a fighter, a cornerman, and now a director of a campus ministry my hope is not only to share lessons I have learned but to envision leaders to be men and women of conviction, character, and competence.

So what’s the starting point? Well, in order to become a fighter you have to join a gym and surround yourself with people who will get you where you want to go. In the same way, leaders grow in their conviction by listening to others. You become a better fighter when someone comes alongside you and pushes you beyond the limits you set for yourself. My hope is that this becomes a series of blogpost that serves as a form of instruction, encouragement, and correction.

For the next couple of weeks…welcome to the gym!


My Brother, trainer, and corner man- Sergio Cabrera



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