The Gold Medal Leadership Experience

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WDHB is proud to deliver the Gold Medal Leadership Experience in association with The Conference Board and in partnership with the Chula Vista Elite Athlete Training Center.

Learn more about the Gold Medal Leadership Experience here.


“Once you get to that level of being on the global stage, everyone is good so you’re trying to find those little things, the competitive advantages that are going to put you in the best position possible to be the one that outlasts everyone else.” – Lex Gilette 

The culture of high-performance competition is a growing environment, it’s an environment that contains a lot of respect for yourself, your teammates, and your coaching staff, but also your opponents. It’s also an environment of motivation because you are surrounded by people who are trying to be the best version of themselves. It’s a very loving and inspiring environment to see people doing amazing things that make you want to do the same. 

The Gold Medal Leadership Experience in sports translates really well into the business environment. If you think about it, the key elements of development or competencies that you need to have in sports – like developing a similar vision and purpose or networking, as well as the effort you’re putting in as a whole enterprise –all three elements relate to the sports function too as athletes aim towards being part of Team USA. 

This leadership experience is different from ones we’ve done in the past and the fact that it’s so immersive and so experiential-based, and to have access to the athletes the facilities experience the challenges, it really puts individuals in a different level of discomfort to help them grow. 

It’s about finding that secret sauce and finding the right mix of people that leads to high-performing outcomes. It’s the people who can build camaraderie and cohesion and are strong collaborators and communicators that are going to drive the best outcomes. So I think that’s going to be a big learning for many of the folks here today that they can immediately bring back and apply to their teams – one being vision. We have to be able to see something first before it is able to become reality.

Top 3 Points Made

Based on the transcript provided, the top three points made in the video are:

  1. The Culture of High-Performance Competition: The speaker emphasizes the importance of culture in high-performance environments. This culture is characterized by respect for oneself, teammates, coaches, and opponents, as well as a high level of motivation. Being surrounded by people striving to be their best inspires individuals to achieve great things and creates a supportive and uplifting environment.
  1. Leadership Experience in Sports and Business Correlation: The speaker draws parallels between the competencies required in sports and those in the business world. These include developing a shared vision and purpose, networking, and viewing efforts as part of a larger enterprise. The leadership experience gained in sports, especially in team environments like Team USA, is highlighted as particularly beneficial and transferable to business settings.
  1. Building Resilience and Learning through Discomfort and Collaboration: The speaker notes the value of immersive, experiential learning experiences that push individuals out of their comfort zones, which is crucial for growth and high-performing outcomes. The ability to build camaraderie, cohesion, and effective communication is underscored as key to driving the best outcomes. The importance of having a vision to turn possibilities into realities is also highlighted as a significant learning point that can be applied immediately by participants in their respective teams and organizations.

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