Lead­er­ship through peak per­for­mance

Business First - - CONTENTS - by Lau­retta Stace

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

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