Are You Fit to Lead?

Posted by Andrew Netschay, in Blog, Conditioning, Oct 12, 2011

Like many successful leaders you regularly work 60-plus hour weeks. You rarely afford yourself the luxury of playing 18 holes of golf as that would kill most of a day. Your commitment to your company is beyond reproach and your shareholders are you number one priority. Your long days at the office consist of meetings, negotiations and the innumerable decisions that impact shareholder earnings, employees’ futures and the company’s quarter-end.

This approach has worked for years, you’ve risen through the company ranks and your track record of successful projects speaks for itself but are you fit to lead for the next 5, 10 or 15 years? What are you doing to ensure you will have the strength and endurance to execute at the same or even a higher level of performance?

The long days at the office take their toll and you no doubt have already suffered from decision fatigue (check out the New York Times article on decision fatigue at: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/08/21/magazine/do-you-suffer-from-decision-fatigue.html?_r=1&pagewanted=all) as the quality of your decisions declines over the course of each day. Do you have the endurance to weather the storm of extended negotiations when your company is ready to acquire a competitor? If you’re not balancing your hours at the office with time in the gym you are on a collision course with burnout – both mental and physical.
I’m not recommending you lace up the gloves and step into the ring tomorrow to become a better leader although I know that experience would provide you a with new perspective on negotiation tactics and micro-second decision making 🙂 but I do insist you rank your physical fitness as a top 5 priority and commit to a conditioning program immediately. It’s time to develop daily rituals for Leadership Fitness.
The benefits will quickly outweigh the minimal financial investment as your physical conditioning will provide you with the stamina to outlast your competition and take your ‘game’ to a whole new level. As stated before, my training background is in the martial arts as the mental focus and discipline required to face an opponent in the ring or octagon is priceless in the boardroom. The training has served me well but you can derive similar benefits from resistance training (weights, kettle bells), yoga or running. Select an activity that you enjoy as it will become a daily ritual you’ll want to look forward to.
If you’ve already made a commitment to your Leadership fitness, please add your comments and feedback to this post. If you’re about to start, please check in and let us know how your training has benefited your success in the boardroom.

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