“There is a vitality, a life force, an energy, a quickening, that is translated through you into action, and because there is only one of you in all time, this expression is unique.” – Martha Graham
Leadership is made up of many components that have been studied by the greats. One of the key components is physical vitality and stamina. When you see positive leaders who energize an organization and have the keen ability to influence people, you see an “aliveness” that captures the minds and spirits of others.
Does this mean you have to be fit like Tom Brady or Serena Williams? No, but it does mean that you have to maintain a healthy lifestyle to make sure you are engaged and energized in your role as a leader. An equal part of vitality is having passion, and finding the pieces in your role that make you come alive with excitement and energy that can be shared with others in your organization.
Leaders who have vitality possess the following key attributes:
- Surround themselves with high performers and eclectic peer groups.
- Seek learning in all venues.
- Live a richly diversified life, which keeps them growing through experiences large and small.
- Engage with unique thinkers.
- Actively, consistently, and avidly search out feedback to grow, hone and stretch their leadership style and organization.
- Engage in the kinds of activities that bring fluidity and agility to their body.
- Make sure to have fun.
- Take time for their hobbies.
- Have a strong family life.
In essence, they love life, enjoy people, and are always learning. Vitality creates a synergy and resonance with others that anything is possible…. and would be interesting to try.
“The essence of optimism is that it takes no account of the present, but it is a source of inspiration, of vitality and hope where others have resigned; it enables a woman/man to hold her/his head high, to claim the future for her/himself and not to abandon it to her/his enemy.” – Dietrich Bonhoeffer
Take a moment to assess your vitality index. Are you creating a sense of aliveness in all aspects of your life and leadership?
Focus on vigor!