Everything I Know About Leadership I Learned at the Gym


This is a blog from more than a year ago but the principles hold true for me today! Everything I know about leadership, I learned at the gym. Okay, maybe not everything, but I’ve learned an awful lot. I’ve learned that there are quite a few fitness habits that if used as a catalyst in the office, would condition us and provide a strategic training plan and template for success. It’s a way of leading that creates big gains and gets results and the lasting outcomes we seek, without the need for strong-arm tactics. Just as in fitness some leaders are naturally born, but conditioned leaders are built. Walk into any fitness center, pick out any conditioned gym rat and I would bet my hamstrings you are looking at a conditioned leader. Remember now, I said to pick out any “conditioned” gym rat. I am not talking about the muscle-bound, weight dropping, grunting gym rat. Nor am I talking about the perky little bleach blonde cutie that adorns the Smith machine like a Nordstrom accessory. That is the picture of our current employees that pretend to be leaders, that we keep trying to turn into leaders and wondering why we fail. No, by conditioned leaders I’m talking about mind, body, heart, and spirit conditioned leaders. I am talking about the disciplined individual that balances cardio and weights with good nutrition and sleep.

The influence of what I’ve learned by hanging out at the gym and competing has in my own leadership conditioning principles reinvented how and who I lead. I stopped trying to lead those that have no desire to put in the work it takes to be in shape. The discipline and confidence that I have gained in my fitness journey reverberates into what I do as a leader everyday. The discipline and confidence that I have gained in my fitness journey has an impact on who and what I teach. Here are the top ten leadership conditioning principles I’ve adopted at the gym that shape the leader I am today.

• You must show up every day with a meaningful vision, start with a strategic plan, and have a goal.

Be Innovative-Nothing changes if nothing changes! To create a new you, you must
recreate you. Be creative with your thinking, think bigger!

• You must be PASSIONATE about it!-Put your whole heart into it!

• Excuses, excuses, excuses….You can’t train a head that’s not in the game. Get in the game.

• Want to be fiscally fit?-Before you even think about getting lean you have to build
your foundation.

Balance and symmetry-Spend as much time on your weakness’s as you do your strengths.

Persevere! If you want to see sustained results you have to apply a focused and
consistent effort.
• It’s totally fine to let them see you sweat! Transparency wins big!

• Learn to collaborate. Collaborative teams create synergy, synergy creates energy. It will be your greatest motivator.

• Lastly-Give it enough time and treat it like there is no off season!

Conditioned leaders know hard work, accountability, and sacrifice. Just as in the gym, true leaders look for results! They understand the value of the journey!

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  1. Nice comparisons!

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  2. Hi great information you have! Keep up this good work and I’ll follow your site in the future. Thanks for doing this perfect job!

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  3. Susan, this is wonderful! I especially like the following two bullets:

    • You must show up every day with a meaningful vision, start with a strategic plan, and have a goal.

    • Be Innovative-Nothing changes if nothing changes! To create a new you, you must
    recreate you. Be creative with your thinking, think bigger!

    Totally agree and I am inspired to find that we have such a shared vision!!! I would love to have you on #HealthyLeadership if you are interested.

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    • We do share so much in terms of the fitness perspective in leadership. Leading from a place of passion and love of life and people is health and wellness at it’s best. Blessings to you for your work! Love to get together on #HealthyLeadership and my greatest gratitude for you stopping by.

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