Fitness and leadership: is there a relationship? Regular exercise correlates with higher leadership ratings in senior‐level executives

Fitness and leadership: is there a relationship? Regular exercise correlates with higher... The purpose of this research was to determine how regular exercise impacted leadership scores on two multi-rater leadership assessment instruments - the Executive Success Profile® (ESP), and the Campbell Leadership Index TM (CLI). Since 1997, data have been collected from over 600 senior-level executives attending Leadership at the Peak, a five-day course at the Center for Creative Leadership. Prior to attending, the participants completed a health and physical activity questionnaire that included questions about their exercise, dietary and smoking habits and assessment data were collected from both the participants and their observers. After they arrived at the program, fitness professionals collected additional data including percent body fat, blood-pressure and exercise routine. The health data were compared with the results of the ESP and CLI. These instruments required a self-assessment of performance on various leadership indices along with parallel ratings by an observer group of bosses, subordinates and peers. The results indicated that the observers rated exercisers significantly higher than the non-exercisers on many of the ESP and CLI scales. The weighted averages of all the scales for both instruments were also significantly higher for the exercisers. Further, the bosses also rated smokers lower on 14 out of 22 ESP scales compared with those who had never smoked. Overall, these data indicate that engaging in regular exercise is positively correlated with how others rated executives on various leadership indices. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of Managerial Psychology Emerald Publishing

Fitness and leadership: is there a relationship? Regular exercise correlates with higher leadership ratings in senior‐level executives

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Emerald Publishing
Copyright
Copyright © 2002 MCB UP Ltd. All rights reserved.
ISSN
0268-3946
DOI
10.1108/02683940210428119
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Abstract

The purpose of this research was to determine how regular exercise impacted leadership scores on two multi-rater leadership assessment instruments - the Executive Success Profile® (ESP), and the Campbell Leadership Index TM (CLI). Since 1997, data have been collected from over 600 senior-level executives attending Leadership at the Peak, a five-day course at the Center for Creative Leadership. Prior to attending, the participants completed a health and physical activity questionnaire that included questions about their exercise, dietary and smoking habits and assessment data were collected from both the participants and their observers. After they arrived at the program, fitness professionals collected additional data including percent body fat, blood-pressure and exercise routine. The health data were compared with the results of the ESP and CLI. These instruments required a self-assessment of performance on various leadership indices along with parallel ratings by an observer group of bosses, subordinates and peers. The results indicated that the observers rated exercisers significantly higher than the non-exercisers on many of the ESP and CLI scales. The weighted averages of all the scales for both instruments were also significantly higher for the exercisers. Further, the bosses also rated smokers lower on 14 out of 22 ESP scales compared with those who had never smoked. Overall, these data indicate that engaging in regular exercise is positively correlated with how others rated executives on various leadership indices.

Journal

Journal of Managerial PsychologyEmerald Publishing

Published: Jun 1, 2002

Keywords: Exercise; Leadership; Executives

References

  • Fit to lead: is fitness the key to effective executive leadership?
    Neck, C.P.; Manz, C.C.; Cooper, K.H.; Thomson, E.C.
  • Physical activity and health
    US Department of Health and Human Services

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