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How your food choices are impacting your leadership skills...

Leadership in any organization can be the toughest job out there.

I have had clients that have achieved amazing success in their career or business, who come to a dead stop when they have evolved to the point where they must lead a team or learn how to motivate and direct others. 

Think about what creates great leadership.

A few things that come to mind; connection, empathy, clear communication, reasonable expectations, solid decision-making skills.

These are skills that can be developed, but you can either do it the hard way and be fighting a constant uphill battle, or you can master the lifestyle foundation that allows you to achieve these skills with ease.

Early in my career, I was in charge of a team of 10 men from all different backgrounds, as a fresh-faced 20 year old managing my family's furniture restoration business. Being young, I had a big ego, and I thought that if I just clearly outlined what these guys needed to get done each week, things would sail along beautifully. 

I tried shouting, screaming, negotiating, bribing. Nothing worked. I led those guys right into total chaos and disorganization. And in the process, I survived on Wendy's hamburgers, Chinese take-out, and Starbucks. Things got so bad, that one day my entire team walked out and refused to come back just before the Thanksgiving rush. 

Something clearly needed to change. 

I began my nutrition education, and made a few changes. I learned that when I skipped breakfast, I was easily irritated and angry because my blood sugar dropped too low mid-morning. 

I learned that when I drank a venti caramel macchiato to stay focused and get more done, it made me so jittery from caffeine and sugar, that I couldn't focus or think clearly and my productivity would actually drop. 

I learned that when I ate pasta for lunch I could barely stay awake in the afternoon. 

As I began to elevate my food choices, my leadership abilities started to improve also. When I felt balanced and clear, it was easy to connect with the team and see where the problems were in our systems. Because my energy began to skyrocket, I had the motivation and focus to pinpoint the problems and come up with new solutions that supported the team's performance. And of course, my attention and concern with how I could best support the team, brought about levels of loyalty and cooperation that had previously been non-existent. 

Making these changes is an investment in yourself and your business that few recognize or choose to make. It takes effort, and a willingness to leave behind old habits to become even better. 

If you are interested in exploring how your food choices may be holding you back in your business, let's talk. CLICK HERE to book your Breakthrough Session.