Leadership Tips from a Gold Medal Olympian


The lessons learned from winning a gold medal are as valuable as earning the medal itself. Ryan Millar, U.S. Men’s Volleyball Olympian, shares his journey and what it means for leaders.

External Article | Accountability Insights from Partners in Leadership by Ryan Millar, Aug 4, 2016

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An Olympic gold medal is a symbol of excellence, recognized throughout the world. I was fortunate enough to win one in 2008 at the Beijing Olympic Games in indoor volleyball.

With the Rio Olympics upon us, I have caught myself reflecting on my own vast Olympic journey–one that spanned nearly 15 years and took my family and I all over the world.

What I have discovered is that many of my fondest memories are caught in the journey itself, not just the Olympic experiences.

Unfortunately, most people only focus on the end success or failure. I can’t tell you how many times I have been asked, “Did you medal?” I think a much better question to ask is, “What did you learn?”

Here’s what I learned:

1. It’s About How You Got There

The true prize of the highs and lows, the wins and losses, the grueling practices, and the countless hours of training, is truly knowing, in the back of your mind, that the path you take lays the groundwork for greatness…

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