Forbes.com recently sat down with fitness guru Shay de Silva to discuss the importance of exercise to become a better leader. Below is an excerpt from the interview:
You may think you don’t need exercise for an added edge, but research by the Center for Creative Leadership determined that overweight leaders are often viewed as having less effective interpersonal relationships, poorer leadership capabilities, and lower overall job performance. While these stereotypes may not be valid, having a slimmer physique can improve others’ perceptions of you as a leader.
The evidence seems to indicate that earning power is indeed associated with physical fitness. A study published in the June 2012 issue of theJournal of Labor and Research showed that people who exercise regularly earn about 9% more than those who don’t.