Mental Matters Column: Energy is everything in leadership

One of the UK’s top motivational speakers and ex-MK Dons footballer Drewe Broughton talks about how Jurgen Klopp’s energy is infectious.

I remember being a kid. I used to feel everything, it was like a sixth sense. The mood in a room, the pain in my parents.

The way a teammate was feeling as he was shouted at for making a mistake. It was so hard because I didn’t know any different.

As I grew up and left home at 16 to become a footballer, it became tougher. There was always this underlying feeling of fear in the majority of rooms I walked into.

Fear of losing, fear of being seen as weak, fear of being vulnerable, fear of being replaced, fear of money. I could just feel this energy. Bit by bit, for 17 years it became harder and harder to stay afloat.

Harder to keep believing, harder to keep trust. You see, the opposite of fear is trust.

We all come kicking and screaming into this world as abundant masses of energy. The reason people adore children and their energy is because they are pure. Pure what? Pure trust.

They have light in their eyes, creativity and joy. Their energy levels are so, so high and there’s nothing to pull them down.

The clients I coach are all being pulled down by this underlying fear in their worlds of business and football.

When I say fear, it’s subtle and often unconscious fear. The leader who has a hundred fears and thoughts, his staff who are projecting theirs, it builds and builds.

You can’t fake energy. You can’t “fake it to make it,” it’s energy and humans are spiritual beings who can feel the energy. So for us to really change cultures, environments and ultimately results, we must do the internal work.

We must reconnect with that source of trust we were plugged into as kids.

The great German manager Jurgen Klopp, who currently has masterminded the overhaul of the great footballing institution of Liverpool, is the ultimate example of this.

When asked recently about the pressure of Liverpool not winning the league for 31 years, he responded: “We are all aware of this the day we came here, but we can’t control this. We must work daily and keep a good feeling.

“Then ultimately we are like the lions and tigers and all the other animals jumping through the fire.”

That truthful, relaxed ENERGY transmits to all around him. THAT’S why they are achieving greatness.

For further information, visit or drop an email to Drewe at

This feature was published in the February 2020 issue of Celebrate:MK lifestyle magazine. Read the full magazine above or by clicking on this link.

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