Leaders—such as coaches, instructors, teachers, managers, etc— are often told that we have to lead by example. But what does that mean? And while we are guiding others along, if the journey doesn’t create an impact on their life, how have we helped them to excel.
Thus, the question is: How do we create impactful leadership?
As most of us learn in coaching courses, there is no ‘one-size-fits-all” approach, just as there are many methods & tools for creating impactful leadership according to who we serve.
Recently, I was introduced to concept of the equal importance of physical fitness, thoughts, and emotions in effective leadership by Sari Marsden (click on the link or scroll down to view some of Sari’s credentials). Sari co-authored a book called Fit to Lead, exploring this concept that our emotional & mental health can affect our physical health, and therefore our ability to lead.
Now Sari is bringing this concept from book to life, with a two-day high-performance workshop specially for women leaders called She’s Fit to Lead, happening this weekend December 1 & 2 at The Tree Top, Scape Level 5.
I asked Sari about the event, and how it will transform women leaders.
Photo by Nigel Lau
What is She’s Fit to Lead about?
It’s is a high-performance workshop for women with the will to lead, who care about creating a greater impact for their community, and at the same time taking care of themselves too.
We will be working on the power of alignment between physical, emotional and mental states, and leveraging on the 3Cs of female strength Connectivity, Collaboration, Community. This workshop is about integrating purposeful body movement, conscious nutrition, and powerful coaching conversation.
This workshop is in collaboration with Dr Krista Scott-Dixon from Precision Nutrition.
It’s interesting that you integrate body movement, nutrition, and coaching conversations together, while most leadership workshops typically focus on the latter. Why?
Because it works! By bringing the three aspects together, the workshop will enable participants to connect the dots and honour their own strength and uniqueness. Regardless of whatever their goals may be, with the “Fit to Lead” approach, they can source clarity from within, and CHOOSE their next purposeful move for. At the end of the workshop, participants will be able to design their own unique practice, an approach that belongs only to them! No more “one-size-fits-all” approach.
Why did you create the workshop specifically for women?
I created the workshop for women to develop their strength, their grace to ultimately become women who are content to be themselves in the world, and to collaborate with others to make a difference in their community. It is for more women to see that in a world where either we are told to fit in or to stand out from the crowd, there is a choice to be fit to lead.
Who should attend the workshop?
This event is designed for women who want to take their leadership and performance to a new level, wherever their area of interest may be: at the office, at home, on the sports field or in the community.
What does “being a leader” mean to you?
To show up, so that people around me get to grow and create the world that works for everyone.
What does “being fit” mean to you?
Fitness is usually defined as being somewhat internally focused. But for me, it includes the element of being focused outwards; being able to take care of the needs of the people around you in your life. Due to this, I’ve always seen “fitness” as a critical factor in relationships in general, and leadership in particular. In addition, when properly understood, fitness involves the emotional and mental states as well as the physical state. Emotional fitness gives me the courage to change, mental fitness enables me to shift my conversation from “I can’t” to “I can”.
I am especially passionate about working with women to help them create physical, mental and emotional fitness in their life. I meet so many women who lack of courage to change (emotional), who believe that they can’t change (mental), and also lack the physical fitness to make that change happen. Expanding their definition of fitness to include the physical, mental and emotional elements has ignited a strong sense of ownership over their personal goals.
What can attendees expect to take away from the workshop?
- Emotional connection to their purpose.
- Powerful mental athleticism and performance.
- A female-specific health and nutrition coaching.
- Creating a support system.
- A unique practice that works for their leadership and fitness.
What should attendees bring and prepare?
Workout gear, a change of clothes, water bottle, and your body, open mind, open heart.
She’s Fit to Lead happens on 1 December 2018, Saturday, and 2 December 2018, Sunday from 9am to 6pm at The Tree Top, Scape, Level 5. Fee for the two-day workshop is S$650, register at http://bit.ly/shesfittolead
Sari Marsden is:
- An ICF-certified performance coach
- A leadership trainer (NCC)
- Elite trainer for Nike Training Club in Southeast Asia
- Four time gold medallist for Team Singapore in Southeast Asian fitness physique competitions
- Co-author of She’s Fit to Lead
Kirsta Scott-Dixon is:
- Director of Curriculum at Precision Nutrition, one of the top online nutrition coaching and coach certification programs in the world
- Previously a researcher and teaching faculty member at York University, Toronto, Canada.
- A widely published author in academic and popular publications
- Sought-after speaker on the topic of health and behaviour change