"Push it! You can do it!" I pedaled faster and faster as my Zengo instructor, barely visible in the dark, got off her bike, hopped down from her dais, and bounced towards the front row of bikers, chanting and cheering at us the whole way, until she was standing in front of me. I added two turns to my bike's resistance and picked up the pace, and as quickly as she was there, she was back on her bike, leading us on a long, slow climb. How many others had done the same when she materialized in front of them?
At the end of class, sweaty and exhausted, high on endorphins, I was talking with my friends about how much harder you work when you have a trainer or instructor inspiring you. This was my second time attending a Zengo class. The first time I had no idea it would be pitch black and had not planned on the whole body workout I was about to get. Now that the shock of the format had worn off, I could focus more on the experience. It is so clear how important a leader is, not just in fitness, but in every organization. While the Zengo organization made sure I had the resources I needed to be successful going in, including shoes and a water, the Zengo leader made sure I was set up for success on the journey, with my seat and handlebars properly set, my shoes clipped in, and a rocking play list. The Zengo leader then inspired me to follow her, to push myself, to strive for better and my best.
As a leader, you have to focus every single day on communicating and connecting with people in order to inspire them to give their best. Your job is to keep the goals in focus and lead the way, giving them the support they need to reach their goals.
"Leadership is lifting a person's vision to high heights, the raising of a person's performance to higher standards, the building of a personality beyond its normal limitations." Peter Drucker