At first glance, business leadership and martial arts seem to not blend well together. But it is proven time and time again that the two disciplines have a lot more in common than what we may initially think. There are lessons to be learned in martial arts that you can apply in business leadership. At its core, the practice of martial arts is about cultivating the values of strength, humility, courage, and discipline within oneself. With these values, one can empower and improve his/herself and his/her community. It is not far from how business leadership can be defined. Many notable business leaders who have practiced the martial arts have gained insight from the discipline and they translate these lessons into how they manage and lead their companies. Some of these insights from martial arts are what you can learn now to develop or improve your own business leadership.
Above everything else, self-discipline is one of the core values that is most needed to develop business leadership. And it can be learned and practiced through martial arts. Martial arts is not only focused on the physical or athletic exercise but also the development of mental toughness.
Martial arts requires more of your mental strength than the physical. If your mind is strong enough to overcome the obstacles, it follows that you will also be physically capable of prevailing over the same challenges. To keep training in martial arts, to keep working towards your business goals, to continue pushing your boundaries further and further each day, the power of self-discipline is important.
In martial arts, you will be stuck in various physical and mental situations that is guaranteed to be difficult. There will be moments when you feel like you are losing against the opponent, or you feel too exhausted to go on and fight, or you have gained a minor injury and so giving up is the best option. This is similar to how it is in business. Changes to the plan is inevitable and even changes to the business landscape can happen as fast as overnight.
Martial arts trains you to be a critical thinker and think of solutions to your problems quick. After considering the solution, martial artists are able to use their skills and techniques (which they have consistently trained for) to physically execute such solutions. In business leadership, you should be a critical thinker and come up with solutions for business problems, backed by unfaltering confidence that you possess the skills to get the job done.
Martial arts is not a solo undertaking, it is a team effort through and through. Anyone who practices martial arts must have a teacher or a trainer that is trustworthy and is capable to guide the students towards self-discovery, growth, and strength. Aside from that, there will be other people or even a team who will be helping and supporting you in the journey – people who will cheer you on, provide you with some of your needs, and people who will be honest enough to point out your weaknesses so you can improve on them. You are not expected to do all the work all the time.
That said, one important lesson for business leadership is to learn how to work and function within a team. Know your role and support others in their roles as they do with yours. Collaboration and partnership is the key. Just make sure to surround yourself with people who are also strong and will really bring something to the table instead of someone who will only drag the whole team down.
Your entire well-being can improve because of martial arts. Martial arts has a positive impact to personal growth, mental and physical health, spiritual nourishment, your lifestyle, self-esteem, and many more. All these can turn you into a more positive person. Having a more positive outlook can also influence and improve your business leadership. Being able to overcome your limits through martial arts, you will develop a stronger self-confidence in your dealings in business. And such confidence may even inspire your colleagues or anyone around you. Positivity, after all, can be contagious.