Career and Leadership Lessons Learned by the Best: Serena Williams and Novak Djokovic

by Izabela Lundberg, Featured Contributor

THE OPPORTUNITY to watch live tennis matches is priceless. It is a totally different feeling to be in the stadium with thousands of others, especially in the venue in NYC, at Ash Stadium during the US Open 2014. I feel very grateful and fortunate from multiple avenues to have this experleadershippuzzleience and opportunity, especially as a passionate tennis fan, high performance coach and fearless leader in the making.

Lesson #1. Developing your own style and personal brand.

Watching Djokovic’s style; classy, elegant, creative, playful performance that reflects his joy and passion for the game, was priceless. Seeing him maturing over the years to keep his emotions in check makes him even more desirable as a player, as well as to standout from others as an athlete. He is a living proof that you can be the best if you work hard for it:

“Nobody actually played tennis in my family.– Novak Djokovic

Lesson #2. Delivering a strong physical, emotional, tactical and strategic performance.

That is exactly what Serena Williams delivered on the court with V. Lepchenko. It was intense and an enjoyable match at the same time. It was interesting to see the mental and emotional shift between both players as the game was progressing, reflecting on a deeper level as to what it truly takes to win a match and continue to succeed. In the end, you have to be responsible for your own action and overall performance.

Lesson #3. Each player and/or performer is at a different point of his or her career.

That is so true for every single one of us, regardless of the path you have chosen. It is not prudent to only compare yourself with the opponent or your direct competition in order to secure a better ranking as a player or employee performer.

Each one of us has a specific skill set that makes us unique, successful and strong. Each one of us also has flaws and weaknesses that help us understand ourselves and make us wiser by systematically and proactively encouraging us to work on them to improve.

In conclusion, in order to be the best and stay the best, consistent work, training and practice is needed. A new generation of young talent is coming and it’s essential for us to be the best example as possible to them; as a coach, mentor, leader or colleague.

Living… Learning… Leading… Loving…

Game on!


Izabela Lundberg
Izabela Lundberg
As a passionate advocate of lifelong learning and thought leadership, Izabela proudly prides herself and ethically serves as a transformational leader delivering global business advisory, coaching, strategy through leadership and organizational development, and innovative learning High-Performance Impact Method™ framework at Legacy Leaders Institute. By aligning and supporting business growth objectives, she works side by side with executive leaders from Startups to Fortune 500 companies. For more than two decades, Izabela demonstrated a unique ability to identify, create, and deliver solutions to complex global business challenges with her unique perspective. As a result, she successfully increased talent and team engagement, performance, revenues, and overall organizational impact in dozens of selected companies. Today, Izabela helps talent and teams come together to accomplish more than ever before with her progressive solutions and worldview (living in six countries, speaking six languages, traveling to over 45 countries, and working with diverse teams from over 100 countries). Besides, Izabela earned a Master of Science in Leadership and Organization from the University of Denver with a focus on Strategic Innovation & Change and Organizational Development & Training. She is #1 International Best Selling author and her book, The World Messenger, that is highly respected by academics, athletes, and business leaders worldwide. To receive a signed copy, go to right NOW! Need to speak with Izabela right of way? Follow & Connect with Izabela on LinkedIn and email her at [email protected]. Game On, Champions!

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