The Charged Connection: Exercise and Leadership

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Sport Psychology

Have you ever wondered what successful leaders in the work world have in common? What helps them inspire the people they lead and guide their teams toward successful and meaningful professional outcomes?


Researcher Carol R. Himelhoch professes she can illuminate a piece of the puzzle. In her book Transformational Leadership and High-Intensity Interval Training, Himelhoch puts forth a qualitative empirical research study that investigates the relationship between the exercise habits and leadership styles of study participants.


Specifically, Himelhoch was interested in answering the following research question: “How do the lived experiences of avid exercisers intersect with their behavior as leaders?” Her goal in conducting the study was to investigate whether individuals’ attempts to transform themselves physically also enable them to change the organizations in which they hold leadership positions. In other words, she wanted to know if leaders’ exercise regimens helped them lead more effectively.


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