In the introduction, I talked about building one incredible team and learning lessons along the way. Angus, Alex, Matt, and I were that team.

Together, we exhibited all the signs of a truly high-performance team. We were completely interdependent. We were all aligned to the same something greater. We all had strong whys for racing, and as the leader I was prepared to answer that question for my team every single day. Most importantly, we were 100 percent leveraged emotionally to and for one another.

All four men who stepped into that boat were products of the emotion-first leadership system I’d been putting together for over a decade. As I said earlier, high-performance teams need to become high-performance before the actual ...

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