Protection From Above

Cary Kolat and Matt Dernlan introduce a new book they will be discussing, Leaders Eat Last: Why Some Teams Pull Together and Others Don’t by Simon Sinek. In this episode, they discuss Ch. 1 “Protection from Above”. Throughout the chapter, Sinek utilizes examples from military combat to teach in clear terms of life and death but shows that the same principles can be put to use in all of life, especially in leading a team. Kolat and Dernlan reflect on the idea that the best teams come about as leaders build respectful relationships with those under them and put the welfare of their athletes above their own in order to build trust. They also discuss the importance of relying on their senior athletes to act as the “managers” of the team in order to help lead their younger teammates on a smaller level. Kolat finishes by emphasizing the importance of empathy in leadership. He relies on more experienced seniors to lead and push the younger athletes but stresses the importance of not forgetting where they started and to help the next athletes in line to maintain a cohesive, united team.


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Introducing something unprecedented to the wrestling community, Cary Kolat and Matt Dernlan present their venture “The Way | A RUDIS Wrestling Podcast”. The Way is something everyone is searching for. Whether that is an athletic, personal, or professional achievement. Coming from Coaching backgrounds, Kolat and Dernlan are always looking for better ways to lead athletes and elevate them. “The Way” breaks down different forms of literature to generate discussion and different perspectives. Then takes these lessons and knowledge and applies them to all aspects of life.


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