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On Leadership and Emotional Fitness

We all know what physical fitness is. But what is emotional fitness? Prof. Scott Galloway, professor of marketing at the New York University Stern School of Business, author, entrepreneur, public speaker, and podcast host of The Prof G Pod with Scott Galloway, chats with Dr. Emily Anhalt, a clinical psychologist and co-founder of Coa, a mental health startup.

Coming from Silicon Valley, naturally, Dr. Anhalt works closely with many tech entrepreneurs. However, the insights she shares can apply across most, if not all, industries.

The keywords that stood out were proactive and reflection.

Leaders should have emotional fitness, a proactive approach to strengthening one’s emotional health. As someone with strong influence on their team and clients, their wellbeing can be mirrored in their decision making. When making steps towards emotional fitness and stepping out of one’s comfort zone, it is critical to reflect and ask hard questions and how it felt.

Listen to Prof. Galloway and Dr. Anhalt’s full conversation here, which also includes what research shows to be the 7 characteristics of an emotionally fit leader.