I’ve heard countless definitions of leadership and descriptions of what makes a good leader and most of them, in some way shape or form refer to influencing, motivating and inspiring others to realize their full potential, accomplish a task, or work towards a common goal. We find leaders in all areas of our lives. They occupy the boardroom, work place, classroom, home, church, synagogue, and every other place we look for guidance or direction.
However one of the most overlooked aspects of being a great leader and the part which pertains to all of us is that great leaders demonstrate the ability to lead themselves. They set an example as well as the standard. The results you achieve through exercise and nutrition and your ability to remain disciplined about your fitness is a good measure of your ability to lead yourself.
Certainly there are many ways and other arenas in which you can demonstrate leadership but few have as big an impact on your personal well-being and those around you like fitness. When people see you living a higher standard it inspires them to do the same. If you’re a parent you know exactly what I mean. Kids don’t listen they observe. And whatever it is they see you doing is what they will adopt as their own behavior.
Whether you realize it or not–to some degree–you have the same type of influence on those around you; be it co-workers, friends, or family. Show that you are fit to lead by leading yourself to be fit.