Dr. John Stanko led the series finale of Leaders Serving Beaver County's seven-month workshop -- a discussion about "mental toughness" -- based on the popular book Forged in Steel: The Seven Time-Tested Leadership Principles Practiced By the Pittsburgh Steelers.

The breakfast meeting was held on April 20, 2017 at the Lodge at Penn State Beaver campus. View the recap video interview on Leaders Serving Beaver County's YouTube channel.

Dr. Stanko focused on the Steelers' way of how leaders manage failure and view a setback as a breakthrough to success. He covered a leader's inner game of mental toughness and how to take responsibility for attitude, the only thing leaders can really control. The Steelers always talk about how to frame failure and success and move on.


Much of his discussion was about how to recognize the fear that keeps leaders from making the right decisions, or taking the path of least resistance, and the biblical scripture Romans 12:2 (NKJV), which states: "And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God."

Dr. Stanko previously taught chapters 1 and 5 of the book at LSBC’s Forged in Steel workshops.

"Steelers defensive lineman L.C. Greenwood used to say that anyone can play when healthy, but that players have to will themselves to perform when injured," write co-authors Tunch Ilkin of the Steelers and Damian Williams of Leadership League. "Among the qualities of high achievers, the one thing that has put them at the pinnacle of success, above anything and everything else, is their inner game. Call it mental toughness, confidence or courage. It is the profound ability to stay in control and triumph when facing setbacks, challenges, loss and adversity.


"Seasoned business leaders rarely discuss failure or setback, let alone analyze it. But often brokenness or a loss becomes a breakthrough to success. The Bible says, 'Count it all joy, my brethren, when you meet various trials, for you know that the testing of your faith develops steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing'.”

Forged in Steel is widely praised by corporate, news media and faith-based leaders. It's the first book to analyze organizational leadership values through the prism of a six-time Super Bowl winning National Football League franchise and the enduring values of Judeo-Christian faith. See what the media and corporate and community leaders are saying about Forged in Steel - more>>>




Objectives of the Workshop: As a result of this seven-month workshop, participants will:

1. Utilize transformative principles of leadership for personal, spiritual, and professional growth.
2. Strengthen abilities to establish more effective relationships within your sphere of influence.
3. Create a personalized plan to clearly identify purpose, values and a leadership perspective.


Questions About Leaders Serving Beaver County: Contact Dr. Dittmar, chairman - email

Questions About the Book: Contact Mark Miner, Forged in Steel co-author and publisher - email

More About LSBC: LSBC works to equip Beaver County's organizational leaders with practical biblical principles they can apply in their work and workplace at a time when the region's economy is poised for its greatest expansion in a generation. - more>>>