Leo Tolstoy's Coaching Wisdom Episode 8

Leader Manager Coach Podcast

Mar 29 2020 • 25 mins

As we continue this month our series of discussions on Leo Tolstoy’s book and its coaching wisdom, we focus more on introspection which can help us understand what we have in ourselves and eventually in our surroundings. We get so tangled up and give so much attention to unnecessary things that we forget to appreciate our own freedom; the beauty of having peace and unity, the attitude of not giving a single f*ck to anything. Things can change for the better. Start tuning in to the Leader Manager Coach Podcast to know more on how we can lead our team more effectively through Tolstoy’s teachings.


  • Freedom – As leaders, managers, and coaches say it: Allow your place to play with freedom. This isn’t just physical freedom but also the psychological freedom. Find your zone, where you are free and your true self.
  • Don’t ever let yourself regret anything. It’s difficult to have haunting what if’s in the future. It is the things we don’t act upon and do that we truly regret. So, start ticking some off your checklists. Be ALL IN, in your decisions.
  • If we have to get something, we have to give something.This is how the universe works. There should always be balance. In the easiest way to explain this: you don’t get your expected results when you don’t put in the effort needed.
  • Be yourself. It’s easier to make headway your plans when you know yourself. There will be less doubts and fears surfacing, aside from the unforeseen obtrusions. Be proud and happy with yourself.
  • Recognise your guiding lights. These are the people who influence your belief and value systems. These people may come and go depending on your need and what phase of life you are in.
  • Remind yourself you are a bit empty.This means that you should accept that there are limits to your knowledge and you have more to learn from others.
  • Prepare to be crucified. You will attract so many people into your life that can be great allies. But, you will also attract people who’ll criticise you or undermine you. Prepare yourself.
  • Unity – There’s unity in a football team, there’s unity in your workforce, and there’s unity in yourself. Your beliefs, values, and vision should always be in line with your actions.
  • Put in the big rocks first.Be smart and systematic when taking steps in completing goals.


  • “There’s freedom when it’s a place where you’re free of fear, free of anxiety, free of limitations, and free of constraints.”
  • “If we don’t know what it is we are ourselves, then we will be pulled and pushed, and we will become a buoy on the sea, instead of a rock in the ocean.”
  • “There’s a possibility that there’s an alternative to what you think.”
  • “We live in a world where there’s so much information. Tolstoy reminds us that great things are simple.”
  • “There’s no shortcut that will last.”



Rob Ryles is a UEFA A licensed coach with a League Managers Association qualification and a science and medicine background. He has worked in the football industry in Europe, USA and Africa; at International, Premiership, League, Non-League and grassroots levels with both World Cup and European Championship experience.

Rob Ryles prides himself on having a forward thinking and progressive approach to the game built through his own experience as well as lessons learned from a number of highly successful managers and coaches.

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