I was recently asked in an interview about who has been influenced my life, particularly considering my background in athletics and business. This got me thinking about vulnerability in leadership, and three incredible individuals immediately came to mind.
Over my career and reflecting on how The GM’s Perspective has evolved as a website and provider of information, I’ve had the privilege of speaking with athletes who have played at the highest level yet dealt with mental health struggles on the biggest stage.
First, I want to talk about Clint Malarchuk, the former NHL goalie. Clint’s openness about his mental health struggles has been a source of inspiration for me. He’s shown that addressing mental health issues head-on is not just brave but necessary.
Then, there’s Rick Ankiel, known for his time with the Cardinals and Braves. His journey on and off the field is a testament to the resilience of the human spirit. Rick’s story taught me that being vulnerable, especially in high-pressure situations, can lead to immense strength.
And of course, Corey Hirsch, another NHL great and an Olympic medalist. His commitment to breaking the mental health stigma and sharing his personal experiences has been pivotal. It’s shown me the importance of open dialogue and support in any leadership role.
These three have not only influenced my approach to mental wellness but also how I perceive and practice leadership. Their stories have reinforced the power of open communication, both in the sports arena and the business world.
You can check my full interview with Shoutout Magazine here.