Exercise to be a better leader
Exercise is a word you hear often this time of year, and itÃ¢ÂÂs usually surrounded by words of regret. For example, Ã¢ÂÂI wish I had made it to the gym more this year,Ã¢ÂÂ or Ã¢ÂÂI definitely didnÃ¢ÂÂt exercise as much as I would have liked the past few months.Ã¢ÂÂ
While everyone feels great after a good workout, we sometimes let the busyness of life keep us at the office. As a result, we miss getting to the gym or going outside. But what if we decided exercise could make us better leaders?
Shelley DuBois, in FORTUNE, says exercise shows a personÃ¢ÂÂs true colors. Ã¢ÂÂAnyone can seem collected in an air-conditioned office, but who still behaves like a team player when theyÃ¢ÂÂre sweaty and hopped up on lactic acid? Those people might also have some of the skills to haul everyone through the next corporate crisis with some class,Ã¢ÂÂ she writes.
Surfing guru Laird Hamilton gives 17 Ã¢ÂÂcommandmentsÃ¢ÂÂ to Outside Magazine on why we should all focus on our physical health if we want overall success. Here are a few of my favorites:
- Fear is an Ã¢ÂÂunbelievableÃ¢ÂÂ motivator. Once channeled and understood correctly, Hamilton says, fear can give you power.
- We are our own greatest inhibitor. DonÃ¢ÂÂt be afraid of failure. Trying new things is the only way to become the best you can be.
-Â Schedule training in the morning. If you do your training first thing, a crazy day wonÃ¢ÂÂt mess you up, and youÃ¢ÂÂll work more efficiently.
As we all gear up for a new year and a fresh start, letÃ¢ÂÂs plan to become better leaders. Ok, on one, drop and give me 50 Ã¢ÂÂ¦
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