Most leaders understand the importance of each direct report having personal development goals. Leading by example here provides two benefits: leaders become better and their direct reports see the value of personal development.
Recent Center for Creative Leadership (CCL) studies have shown a strong correlation between the effectiveness of leaders and the extent to which they exercise; even if exercise requires more time away from work.
Along with the traditional ways of working out at a gym, at home, or at a club, more simple steps spread throughout the day can yield great results. Leaders might try parking farther from the building, taking the stairs instead of an elevator, using a Swiss ball for a chair to work their core.
Leaders who empower direct reports to hold down the fort while they break for exercise and demonstrate the benefits of personal development are more successful and effective.