Getting And Staying Healthy As A Leader

Becoming A Healthy Leader

With everything on a leader’s plate, staying healthy as a leader sometimes falls by the wayside. Thoughts of “How do I fit exercise into my daily routine” to “I can’t do a lot of exercises because I’m not in shape” fill your mind. You’re lost on where to start and where to go when you’re looking to become healthy.

The physical strength needed to get started exercising can seem overwhelming. The time it takes to maintain your physical health. And the repetition… These can all get to you as you begin your healthy leader journey.

Ways to get healthy as a leader

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Yet you can do it. I know you can because I’ve done it. I want to share with you a few of the things I do to stay healthy as a leader.

If you begin to implement and adapt my healthy strategies, you will find yourself becoming healthier and better able to take on the day.

What Does A Healthy Leader Look Like?

Becoming A Healthy Leader

We all know a leader should be healthy. But what does a healthy leader look like? That’s a million dollar question. And a question that deserves an answer.

On becoming a healthy leader - Runner crossing the finish line

If you ask 10 people what a healthy leader looks like, you’ll probably get 10 answers. My opinion varies from other people I know but I believe it’s a good place to start.

What Does A Healthy Leader Look Like?

I believe a healthy leader looks to take care of their mental, physical, spiritual health. When a leader takes care of these 3 areas of their life, their life becomes better.

But why do these 3 health areas for a leader impact their lives so much? It’s because your mental, physical, spiritual health directly impacts the way you lead.

If you’re physically unhealthy, you won’t be able to keep up with the day-to-day grind of leadership. You’ll burn out. You’ll become tired. And you won’t have the energy to do the work.

Servant Leadership: Each of Us Has an Opportunity to Serve

A Guest Article By Ken Blanchard

Sometimes when I’m leading a session for a big group of managers, I’ll ask, “How many of you think of yourself as a leader?” Usually, only about one-third of them raise their hands. Somehow they think the word leader is reserved for high-level positions like president or CEO.

Book cover for Ken Blanchard's Servant Leadership In Action

But each of us has the ability to influence someone else, whether it be a co-worker, a child at home, a spouse, or a friend. Anytime you are trying to influence the thinking, beliefs, or development of another person, you are engaging in leadership. Of course, there are traditional organizational leadership responsibilities that involve goals and objectives, but if you think beyond those confines, you’ll realize that everyone is a leader—you are a leader—unless you’re stranded on an island by yourself!

Quotes And Leadership Lessons From Death Wish

A Reel Leadership Article

I’ve often wondered what I would do if I was ever put into a situation like Bryan Mills from Taken or, now, Dr. Paul Kersey (Bruce Willis) in the new Death Wish movie. Would I want to extract revenge for the pain brought upon me or the deaths I had to witness?

Bruce Willis in promotional image from Death Wish

As a man, these questions often flood my mind. And I love watching movies explore this thought process. Death Wish tells the story of Paul Kersey, a doctor whose job it was was to save lives. Only to have his wife brutally murdered and his daughter shot and left in a coma.

What would you do? That’s the question Death Wish gets you thinking about.

And, if you’re intentional, it’ll also get you to think about leadership.

Caution: Death Wish spoilers below.

Why Being Healthy Is Important To A Leader

Becoming A Healthy Leader

One of the most mentioned struggles in my recent reader survey was the struggle of being a healthy leader. Being healthy encompasses many facets of your life. From your mental health to your physical health to your spiritual health.

Seeing as staying or becoming healthy was one of the biggest struggles leaders are facing, I wanted to dedicate March to helping leaders to become healthier in their daily lives.

Become a fit leader

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Today, we’re going to start off with why being healthy is (or should be) important to a leader.

Why Being Healthy Is Important To A Leader

Being healthy should be a priority to everyone, not just leaders. However, I’ve seen leaders struggle with health time and time again.

Because of their busy work schedules, leaders frequently fail to take care of their health. Their focus has been on taking care of business and running it successfully. This leaves little time to look at their health.