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How important is physical fitness for leaders?

business Updated: May 09, 2012 22:52 IST

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A healthy mind lives in a healthy body is an old adage, but is so relevant in today's fast-paced world of cut-throat competition. Day in and day out, industry leaders have to take quick decisions on the go. In today's age of information overload, it is thus par for the course to have an attentive mind that can segregate relevant information and process the same in the best interests of the organisation.

Ironically, though, business leaders are often hard-pressed for time amidst jet setting schedules, numerous meetings, media interactions. One has to dedicate time and mind space in order to develop, what I would term, "Fitness Consciousness". Like most habits, once it has been inculcated, it becomes an integral part of one's schedule and fits naturally into the scheme of things, however demanding the work life may be.
(Gagan Banga, CEO, Indiabulls Financial Services)

Leadership as per the term means leading from the front. So for a leader it is very important to maintain self-control during crisis situation and be disciplined in its action to lead his team. Being physically fit is the pre-requisite to uphold self-control and discipline.

A leader who exhibits self-discipline to take control of and maintain his or her physical fitness sets a good example for his or her subordinates. Being physically fit increases mental stamina and endurance which are attributes an effective leader must possess. A healthy leader inspires his employees to work towards being fit, be more energetic and they are less likely to fall sick. It exerts self-confidence and empowers the individuals to challenge themselves, and strive for higher levels of achievement in the workplace.
(Mohit Khattar, MD, Godrej Nature's Basket)