"It’s no secret... that today’s successful businesswoman is expected to sustain high performance in the face of increasing pressure and rapid change. Many organizations embrace overall fitness and its link to productivity and overall achievement.
The Fit to Lead affinity group was established in 2013 to support research linking the relationship between physical fitness and leadership success. It was formed, and is now maintained, by an increasing number of HBA members willing to extend their leadership competencies and strategic network using health, wellness and personal fitness challenges as a core platform.
Through programs, activities and volunteer opportunities, the group provides a supportive networking environment and unique professional development experiences, helping members make the deliberate connection between improved personal fitness and enhanced leadership confidence and competence.
Fit to Lead’s philosophy is “growth and management from within.”
Did you know? For girls and women, sport provides the opportunity to experience decision-making, teamwork and self-determination. Sport offers a common ground for all people to share history and support one another". --Anita DeFrantz, International Olympic Committee, Member and Chair of IOC's Women and Sport Commission. EYGM 2013.
Fit to Lead events complement the existing exceptional programming members come to expect from the HBA and include a wide variety of venues and topics. A few examples include:
• Panel discussions with senior leaders who have discovered the link between their commitment to fitness/athletics and their professional growth and career success.
• Yoga and mindful meditation which builds resilience skills to flourish while juggling work and family.
• Multi-sport team events that focus on teaming and collaboration
• Fit to Lead Journey Program – a 4 to 8-month program including teleconferences and meet ups that support each member as they prepare for and complete a significant athletic goal (e.g. completing a triathlon).
Recognizing these challenges, trends and benefits, the Mid-Atlantic, New England and NY/NJ regions have launched Fit to Lead affinity groups and are offering a variety of programs to their members. Several other HBA regions are bringing the Fit to Lead philosophy to local members. Find out more about what the following regions are doing by clicking on the links below.
If you would like to learn more about the Fit to Lead affinity group or how to bring this affinity group to your area, please contact Kari Gearhart.
HBA Metro dragon boat race.