As a health coach, it’s only logical that I’ve written posts regarding the health benefits of nature. It’s widely known that a little bit of outdoor time is enough to relieve stress, promote happiness, and reduce inflammation...but did you know that it can do so much more? Spending time in nature could actually improve your performance at work regardless of your role, but it’s particularly beneficial for leaders.
Some studies have demonstrated nature’s ability to renew and revitalize energy levels even when experienced in short doses. Mood and energy are critical components of happy, successful team members. When you outfit an employee with refreshed energy supplies, they become more productive and the business benefits.
While most leaders will never complain about a productivity boost, nature is actually capable of supplying them with so much more, such as these valuable life lessons with practical business applications.
You Have To Plan Ahead
Nature is gorgeous but it’s full of features and creatures that can be quite dangerous if approached incorrectly. Those who spend a lot of time in the great outdoors know that a cautious approach, a well thought out path, and an alert mindset are the best tools for protection against hostile wildlife or unexpected terrain. Coincidentally, these are the same behaviors that help leaders make informed decisions that protect their teams from harm.
Not All Trails Are Easy Trails
Rough terrain and potentially hazardous situations can make nature seem a bit scary but most avid adventurers know that you don’t get to see the prettiest views or make the best connections unless you put in the work. The same holds true for leaders. Navigating unknown situations with an entire team of people counting on you to keep them safe from corporate fallout can be just as scary as whatever fanged-animal is hiding behind the berry bushes. The strongest leaders know how to assess risks and determine which paths will lead their team to success without compromising the overall health of the group.
You Need An Oasis
The best part about nature is that it comes complete with picturesque mountain tops and serene bodies of water. These tranquil retreats are often the ideal place to spend a little time contemplating whatever is on your brain. It’s peaceful and relaxing. Much like these natural oasis’, leaders need a place to conduct their day-to-day business without frequent interruption. Their office or designated work environment should be free of distraction and serve as a safe place capable of eliciting their most productive state.
They say that the best leaders work for their team and not the other way around. Look to nature to improve your ability to successfully navigate your leadership role. In other words, let nature be the guide that prepares you to guide others.