A healthy leader is someone who does two things well:
- Looks after their own health and well-being so they are well set to look after the needs of others.
- Creates through their actions and words, a healthy environment for others to work in.
A healthy leader is a person who leads others. The work of a leader is best summarised by Michael Porter who states:
- Direction/Vision — Leaders establish a direction or a vision for the group.
- Alignment — Leaders work to ensure people move into alignment with the vision or goal.
- Inspire and Motivate — Leaders work to ensure that people feel inspired and motivated to move towards the vision or the goal.
You can read Porter's original article What Leaders Really Do here (pay wall).
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What Kind of leader are you?
Anyone can be a leader. You don’t have to be a senior manager in order to lead. Your leadership effectiveness may vary, depending on the kind of organisation you work in. Your natural leadership style may suit working in a large, very formal and hierarchical organisation. Alternatively, you may be a better fit working in smaller, more informal organisations. You can take the short test below to see what would suit you best.
Health and Well-Being
If you want to be a healthy leader you must first look after yourself. There are two parts to this.
- Mind — Maintaining a healthy and positive disposition.
- Body — Ensuring that your body is healthy and ready to support your efforts.
There is plenty of evidence that these two facets of your well-being interact with each other.
See the section on Happiness.
Keeping physically active has many health benefits. It will also help to clear your mind and prepare you for the challenges you will face.
There are lots of ways to build exercise into your day. Here are some examples:
- Join a gym
- Get a personal trainer
- Wear a step counter
- Set up or join a social exercise group
- Get a dog
- Leave you car at home or park a distance from your office
- Take steps not lifts or escalators.
- Use a standing desk.
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