We often think of leadership problems in the context of issues having to do with people, productivity, or profits. But if leaders are not fully functioning, they can’t be there fully for their teams or their families. It’s just that simple.
Our personal wellbeing is directly connected to leadership success. To function fully as a leader, we need to be happy, healthy, and connected to ourselves and our lives so we can engage, motivate, and even inspire our teams. We do this by taking care of ourselves.
My yoga teacher, Rolf Gates once said to us quite early in our year-long teacher training, “We do yoga for ourselves and others.” He said it a lot. I didn’t get it at first.
Now it has become the mantra that has guided the last five years of my research. I’ll state it a little differently.
We take care of our holistic health for ourselves and others.
When we function in our days, disconnected, exhausted, stressed, or sad – we are simply not being the best leaders/parents/friends that we can be. When you truly begin to realize how much you can positively enhance the lives of others through your own good example, being your best self, offers life meaning and purpose. Don’t you want to be your best?
So let’s start this journey together by moving your body more often. I don’t care what you do or how you do it. Just do it. Take the time to do the things that you know will benefit yourself and your team. Start small so you can enjoy your success. Add just one more day per week for now and cement this habit. In time, you’ll be ready for more.
Moving the body gives us more energy, positivity, and helps to clear the mind so we can concentrate. Three of the many qualities we all want to possess every day of our lives. Moving the body is life-sustaining too. Our bodies, our organs, and our systems need some movement to function optimally. Here are a few ideas:
- Find a partner, go for a walk or a run before or after work.
- Reclaim your lunch and workout at the gym.
- Take an evening vinyasa yoga class to strengthen and release tension.
- Hire a trainer to kick your booty at 2pm.
The alternative to the last idea is to stay at the office and experience that mid-afternoon slump along with everyone else. Choose some way to move your body.
What is the most productive use of your time that allows you to be your personal best?
Moving your body is one of the ways to tend to your physical dimension. But know that we have four other dimensions to discuss along this journey. That’s what makes this a journey. So, visit often as we explore this journey together and take care of yourself – do it for you, do it for your team, do it for your family.
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Tarra Mitchell is incorporating her distinctive background in business and yoga to contribute to the great conversation around leadership and consciousness. Her upcoming book, The Yoga of Leadership, shows how personal wellbeing is connected to success to inspire and empower leaders to lead healthier, happier lives, and better connect with and engage their teams.
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