Vitality – Leadership Qualities Series

Even if the spirit is willing, strength and stamina are needed to fulfill the tasks of leadership.

Effective leaders are typically described as electric, vigorous, active, and full of life, no matter how old they are or if they are physically disabled. Consider Franklin Roosevelt, who had polio, and Helen Keller, who was blind. It is interesting to note that at one point in recent history, the American president Ronald Reagan, the Roman Catholic Pope John Paul II, and the Ayatollah Khomeini of Iran were all over 70 years of age – and more vital than many people half their age. At all ages, leaders require tremendous energy and stamina to achieve success. The caring leader must have health and vigor to pursue his or her goals. Physical checkups and physical fitness are common-sense acts.

Leaders must ask, Am I fit for the tasks of leadership? Do I have sufficient energy? AM I doing everything I can to keep physically strong?

If you are just starting to read the Leadership Qualities Series, check out the first post about it and then read the other entries in the series.


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