John Maxwell’s Intentional Relationship Account

I learned about John Maxwell’s IRA recently, and it made me think of you- and what we do through our Blackbelt Leadership Program at KMMA.

Let’s see what Maxwell had to say:

You see, as a leader, I have an IRA with every person on my team—an Intentional Relationship Account. It’s an investment into each person and their potential. Done well, each of these IRAs will produce significant dividends over time.

Here are five smart investments you can make into your people:

  1. Empowerment—Give your people responsibility and authority, so they learn to lead. Responsibility without authority is a weight, and authority without responsibility is a broken compass. People need both if they’re going to grow.
  2. Credit—John has said that if the team wins, it’s because of them, and if the team loses, it’s because of me. Good leaders know that most people are willing to work hard when they receive recognition for their efforts. Compliments and acknowledgments always have a good ROI.
  3. Accountability—Any investment must be monitored to ensure that it’s producing a return, and a leader’s investment in people is no different. I’m not advocating micromanagement but rather a disciplined and intentional check-in with your people, so they understand you’re genuinely interested in their progress. It means more to them than you realize.
  4. Opportunities—Giving your people new opportunities is one of the best investments you can make. When people can face new challenges or take new ground, it draws out their passion and creativity while also expanding their capacity!
  5. Community—The greatest investment you can make into your people is to create a sense of community among them. We do this in any number of ways: fun outings, serving local charities, attending conferences, and going through our own eLearning products to improve our leadership. The where and when help determine the level of return, so don’t be afraid to mix up the type of community you create.

As you continue your leadership journey, the intentional investments you make into people will become your legacy. Achievements are forgotten and awards collect dust, but a well-funded IRA will continue to pay dividends to your legacy long after you’re gone.

Be intentional about your relationships. Be intentional with your people.

It’s your greatest investment as a leader—and it’s worth it.


      I agree with guru Maxwell 100% on this. the IRA he speaks of is exactly the way we do it at KMMA- with our team and our students.

It’s also the way that you should lead those in your charge.

And that includes your kids, your spouse and other important people in your life- not only those you formally lead in business.

Are you looking for a program that will not only give you the resources to enhance your leadership, relationships, attitude, and personal growth- but also give you access to mentors to help guide you on your journey?

    The KMMA Blackbelt Leadership Program is the way! 

Reply to the email, call 813-948-4844 or visit on the web to start your journey today! 

Can’t wait to invest in you and our IRA!

Prepare To Live; Empower To Lead!

Grand Master Stephen J. Del Castillo
Founding Master Instructor, Krav Maga Martial Arts


p.s. It’s not surprising John Maxwell and I see so eye to eye. His work, as well as that of many great leadership gurus I studied over the last 25 years, has been instrumental in the creation of our Blackbelt Leadership Program. and Krav Maga Martial Arts have been empowering lives through the martial arts in the Tampa Bay area for 20 years!

Founded in 2000 by Grandmaster Stephen J. Del Castillo, a 7th degree Black Belt and Sr. Master Instructor, Krav Maga Martial Arts and Karate lessons for pre-school children ages 3-6 and elementary age kids ages 7 and up are designed to develop the critical building blocks kids need – specialized for their age group – for school excellence and later success in life.

Krav Maga Martial Arts Adult Krav Maga training is a complete adult self defense, fitness, and conditioning program for adults who want to learn real world self defense, lose weight, and/or get (and stay in shape).

If you have any questions about our program, or would like to go ahead redeem your 2 weeks FREE, you can call us anytime at 813-547-6368 or visit our Krav Maga Martial Arts website.

About Grandmaster Stephen J. Del Castillo: Grandmaster Del Castillo is the founding Master Instructor of Krav Maga Martial Arts and has been empowering lives in Pasco and Hillsborough Counties since October of 2000. He is a 7th degree Blackbelt, MBA, author, mentor and success coach, a US Army Veteran and a proud father and grandfather. He is married to Ms. Barbara Del Castillo who helps him run the school. Grand Master Del Castillo began his training in the early 80’s and has high level blackbelts in Tae Kwon Do, Karate, Premier Martial Arts and Krav Maga Martial Arts as well as experience in kickboxing, Jeet Kune Do and Jiujitsu. He has high level instructor certifications from BBSI, IKMF, and KMG and has been featured in numerous Martial Arts publications and also Success magazine. He was a competitive sport karate and American Kickboxing instructor until he enlisted in the US Army where he served in the 82nd Airborne Division, where he won an Army Green to Gold scholarship and proceeded to ROTC and the University of Tampa. He was commisioned in 1992 and went on to serve in Germany with the 3rd Infantry Division and then in several other posts in the US until he left military service to pursue his dream of creating KMMA in 2000.

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