Mental fitness is required by any competent leader.
One has to be present when it matters, aware of the people around them, and rapidly able to adapt to changes.
Maintaining this level of focus is a skill that has to be practiced.
We’ve been doing a lot of push-ups at work lately.
It can be uncomfortable, because at some point you get tired, red-faced, break a sweat, and eventually can’t continue.
However, the more we do them, the stronger we get.
Eventually our technique improves, and pretty soon the people that dreaded doing public push-ups become proud of their ability.
Training helps them confidently accept challenges and their strength spills over into other skills.
You can’t pay for leadership identity, you have to work up a sweat to get it.