Leadership through peak performance
Irecently had the great fortune to be able to attend the World Business Forum in Sydney. The Forum was a truly inspirational event, bringing together world-leading business and strategy experts to discuss the ideas, trends and innovations that are shaping the global business landscape.
In several of the presentations, the principle of exceptional human physical performance was often used to make a point about great leadership. The elite athlete was often used as an example of how leaders can inspire others, but also how they embody the attributes of courage, determination, resilience and dedication to achieving goals and getting results.
This led me to reflect on the athlete mindset and its parallels with inspiring and effective leadership and the role of physical fitness in the development of leadership skills.
We can use and apply the athlete mindset in many ways to achieve our professional goals. For example, here are the four D’s of leadership success:
All of this rings true for business leaders as well, so it’s a handy mantra to have in your leadership toolkit to remind yourself of what it takes to succeed at whatever you do and to be an inspiring leader.
On the flip side, a commitment to personal physical fitness can help you to embrace the athlete mindset. So don’t forget to get the heart pumping every day and keep those muscles flexible and strong!
Lauretta Stace is Chief Executive Officer of Fitness