Being a fearless leader takes a lot of traits — intellect, compassion and perseverance, for example. But if you dig down and look at what’s really serving as a foundation for everything else, it’s strength. Just like other traits, personal strength is something you can improve deliberately. That journey begins with understanding each of the four main areas of strength.

1. Physical Strength

Most great leaders are willing to put in plenty of hours to help others and bring the best ideas to the table. To be able to take care of others in that way, you can’t skimp on taking care of yourself. A balanced diet, drinking plenty of water, hitting the gym and getting enough sleep all work together. Tackling those four key pillars of physical self-care can help you stay healthy and give you the energy you need to reach the finish line.

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