Leadership is all about setting an example so that others can understand the path that they must follow. Discipline, strong will and self-confidence are leadership attributes and not surprisingly, these are the qualities that can be learned from a fitness program.
As a leader, you are responsible for influencing your subordinates. Your level of energy and dedication will reflect upon the other employees. Also, the law of mimicry suggests that a regular team member unconsciously mimics the behaviour patterns of their leaders. If a leader is not disciplined or punctual for example, studies have shown that their subordinates tend to be also lack punctuality and discipline.
A healthy and disciplined leader inspires his team members to be healthy and be more energetic. Let’s look at the reasoning behind this statement:
1.Energy and Productivity: When you exercise, you are also increasing blood flow to the brain, which can help sharpen your awareness and make you more ready to tackle your next big project. Being on top of your game will ensure that you perform your work correctly and to the best of your ability.
2. Confidence and Creativity: A fit leader will have more confidence and solve problems more creatively.
Studies suggest that even moderate levels of exercise increase cognitive ability and will help you make better decisions and come up with creative business strategies.
When exercising, that feeling of accomplishment at the end of the workout provides a heightened sense of well-being, pride, confidence, belonging, perseverance and self-awareness of capabilities you didn’t know you had.
3.Facing Challenges: In SEAL training you are constantly pushed beyond your pain threshold, so much so that your “comfort zone” takes on a whole new definition.
Physical exercise is what you need when you are feeling down and need a good push to get through. It also provides you with a good lesson in willpower. If you are running on a treadmill or lifting weights, increase the power or weight bit by bit and try to push your limits. This is a great exercise to gain willpower.
Physical exercise will also help you to perform under stress and motivate you to keep going until you have achieved your goals. This is because exercising challenges the individual, giving a sense of achievement and being able to take risks in not only the gym but in the business world.
It helps by finding new ways to challenge oneself, the achievements that come from those challenges and the lesson of being a risk taker are all benefits that will help any manager be a great transformational leader.
4. Mental Wellness: Exercise is one of the best ways to manage stress because it boosts your brain’s “feel-good” neurotransmitters called endorphins.
There is a direct link between levels of stress and an inability to relate with and feel empathy for another human being. Basically, this means the more stressed and overworked managers become, the less capable they are of bonding with others. This creates tension in the workplace.
Exercise also reduces symptoms associated with anxiety and depression, while also improving sleeping patterns. This ensures you are bright in the morning and ready to take on the day’s tasks and challenges.
5. Influence: Healthy employees are happier and more productive. A fit workforce is also less likely to get sick; thereby, improving attendance and reducing healthcare costs.
Implementing wellness programs in the workplace will not only produce transformational leaders, but also promote employee productivity and efficiency in the workplace, giving you a better ROI as it will lower corporate healthcare costs related to stress, fatigue, absenteeism and lifestyle diseases.
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