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6 Pivotal Lessons on Self-Leadership for Achieving High Performance

Swissdave on a Backcountry Jump in Switzerland

Hey everyone, I'm Swissdave, a professional snowboarder from Switzerland competing in Halfpipe events. When I'm not spinning through the air, I give keynote speeches on achieving high performance. Now, before you think I'm all about shredding and podium finishes, let me assure you I've had my fair share of wipeouts, injuries, and those humbling moments when I even considered quitting riding snowboard competing on the big stage. These experiences, both the highs and the lows, have taught me invaluable lessons about self-leadership that I now share with others wanting to perform at their highest level—in sports or business. Today, I want to talk about something crucial for anyone aiming for the top: self-leadership. Here are six pivotal lessons I've learned about self-leadership and how it can drive high performance in sports and business.


1. Emotional Intelligence is Your Superpower


Emotional intelligence (EI) is all about understanding and managing your emotions, and it's a game-changer. In snowboarding, maintaining composure during a high-stakes competition is essential. The same goes for business. High EI helps you handle stress, make better decisions, and lead effectively. Practice mindfulness and self-reflection to boost your EI, and you'll see improvements in both your personal and professional life.


2. Embrace Change and Adaptability


Change is inevitable, whether it's a new trick on the slopes or a market shift in business. Self-leadership involves being open to change and adapting quickly. This flexibility not only keeps you ahead of the curve but also reduces resistance to change. Embrace new challenges with a positive attitude, and you'll find yourself thriving in dynamic environments.

Leading a workshop on achieving high performance in the board room

3. Self-Awareness Equals Clarity


Understanding yourself—your strengths, weaknesses, values, and goals—provides clarity. In my snowboarding career, knowing my limits and potential helps me push boundaries safely. In business, self-awareness helps align personal goals with organizational objectives, fostering accountability and clarity. Regularly assess your performance and seek feedback to deepen your self-awareness.


4. Cultivate Self-Efficacy


Believing in your ability to achieve goals is self-efficacy. It's the confidence that propels you to land that difficult trick or close a major deal. Self-leadership involves building this confidence through self-monitoring and constructive self-talk. Celebrate small victories and learn from setbacks. High self-efficacy turns challenges into opportunities and drives sustained high performance.

Halfpipe Snowboarding in Switzerland


5. Foster a High-Performance Culture


High performance is contagious. Surround yourself with like-minded individuals who strive for excellence. In snowboarding, training with top athletes pushes me to perform better. In business, fostering a high-performance culture attracts and retains talent, boosts engagement, and enhances commitment. Lead by example and create an environment where high performance is the norm.


6. Long-Term Vision and Persistence


Achieving high performance isn't a sprint; it's a marathon. Whether it's mastering  the “YOLO-Flip“ (a complex snowboarding trick) or steering a company to success, a long-term vision is crucial. Self-leadership means setting clear, long-term goals and persisting through challenges. Stay focused on the bigger picture, and don't get discouraged by short-term setbacks.




Self-leadership is the foundation of high performance, be it in sports or business. By developing emotional intelligence, embracing change, fostering self-awareness, cultivating self-efficacy, nurturing a high-performance culture, and maintaining a long-term vision, you can achieve excellence in any field. Remember, the journey to high performance starts with leading yourself.


Thanks for joining me on this journey. Whether you're hitting the slopes or the boardroom, keep pushing your limits and striving for greatness!

 Stay stoked and lead yourself to new heights!

Swissdave aka David Habluetzel✨

the favourite place to upgrade my skills :-)

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