CHAPTER TWO

Secure Base Leadership in Action

When she was eight years old, Susan watched the Mexico City Olympics on television and thought to herself, “I want to be part of that.” Although she enjoyed swimming, she was not particularly tall, strong or broad-shouldered. Many people would say to her parents and to her coach, “It’s a shame Susan isn’t bigger—she’ll never make it to the top being so small.” However, Susan’s grandfather, Jack Brown, who had been a flyweight boxer in his youth, would always tell her, “The bigger they are, the harder they fall.” In her mind, Susan swam with the belief that it was actually an advantage to be smaller—she was more swift in the water, faster at turns and better able to maneuver quickly. It never even crossed ...

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