At MP USA, we talk a lot about the life lessons martial arts teaches us. Practicing martial arts can help us improve our physical health, our mental health, and our relationships. Did you know you can also boost your professional leadership skills with martial arts training. Who knew?
If you’re a Stephen Covey fan, you’ve probably heard of The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. Number 7, “Sharpen the Saw,” is our focus today.
“Sharpen the Saw means preserving and enhancing the greatest asset you have–you,” says Covey. “It means having a balanced program for self-renewal in the four areas of your life: physical, social/emotional, mental, and spiritual.”
Merpati Putih is one such program!
How Can Practicing MP Help Me in the Workplace?
When he elaborates on sharpening the saw, Covey advises us to, “seek continuous improvement and renewal professionally and personally.”
“Renewal is the principle—and the process—that empowers us to move on an upward spiral of growth and change, of continuous improvement,” he continues. “As you renew yourself in each of the four areas, you create growth and change in your life.”
Here are five ways martial arts training can help you feel renewed for more on-the-job success:
- Clear Communication Skills. Martial arts training requires clear communication between instructors and students. Learning to understand and perform the commands we exchange as we practice requires us to listen carefully, pay attention to detail, and respond quickly. As we become masters of MP, we can cross-apply the skills we develop to become masterful communicators at work.
- Professional Appearance. Much like many employees, martial artists are required to wear a uniform and maintain a certain “look.” However, we consider this neither a meaningless mandate nor a demeaning demand. Instead, we approach wearing our uniforms with respect, and we take pride in our appearance and presentation. As a result, we learn to carry ourselves with a confidence that radiates positive energy, no matter what uniform we’re wearing!
- Followership. Developing martial arts skills requires following instructions correctly, and followership is defined by Rex Gatto, PhD as, “the willingness to cooperate in working toward the accomplishment of defined goals while demonstrating a high degree of interactive teamwork. Effective followers are active participants (partners) in creating the leadership process.” This principle, says the Ivey Business Journal, is the “flip side” of leadership, and we think it’s empowering. We especially like this quote from Lao Tzu. “When the best leader’s work is done the people say, ‘We did it ourselves.’”
- Versatility. We all know that it’s important to be versatile, flexible, and resilient at work. Because the adage is true that “the only thing constant is change,” it’s important to learn to maintain a positive attitude, even and especially during tough times. Practicing martial arts can help us become more adept at solving problems. We can also benefit greatly as we improve our endurance, learn from failed attempts, and develop stronger senses of teamwork and perseverance.
- Dedication. Simply put, hard work pays off! Martial arts rewards people who dedicate time and energy daily to training. And we can take the same dedication we develop in the dojo to our places of employment. Success in business grows with the same type of dedication!
What Else Do I Need to Know?
If you’re looking for more ways to boost your professional leadership skills with martial arts training, check out Joshua Miller, an executive talent coach and bestselling author, on LinkedIn. He has some excellent advice! If you have a daughter, you’ll also want to stay up to speed on how MP is empowering future female leaders. Most important, come train with us! MP USA is currently welcoming enrollment in our Family Martial Arts Program, and we also have specialized programs for adult martial arts, adult health and wellness, youth martial arts, and Vibravision. Call 1-866-666-7872 today!