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10 Leadership Strategies To Get Ahead (From A Former Olympian)

Updated: Dec 8, 2021

Has a boss ever made a strong, positive impact on your life? It takes real skill to be able to manage your own demanding workload and lead a team well; in the legal industry it’s not something we experience often.


However, it’s a role that appeared to be second nature to former Olympic wrestler Howard Stupp. He was Head of the International Olympic Committee for 36 years.



During his tenure, he grew the legal team from one to 18 members (and only had to fire two). He credits his success to creating a strong team spirit and a sense of togetherness.


“Togetherness” is not a familiar concept to us lawyers; we’re used to “silo working” and I’m sure many of you will agree that leadership does not come naturally to us all!


Some people have no business being a boss!


Howard’s insights into what it takes to be a truly effective and well-respected leader are threaded all the way through our recent conversation on the Water+Air podcast.


Howard embraced leadership as a responsibility

rather than using it as a weapon of power and control.


Anyone can be a boss and bark orders, but Howard adopted a far more effective strategy.


Here are 10 of his leadership strategies to help you get ahead