For leaders, the insight that all 4 stages of the flow cycle are interdependent is critical. That is, we cannot get into flow without the others happening too and neither can our teams.
Therefore, leaders must treat rest and recovery as high-performance non-negotiables if their teams are ever going to reach their performance potential. It seems that leaders have some things in common that create the conditions to reach optimal states of performance.
Creating the conditions for optimal performance
It seems that leaders have some things in common that create the conditions to reach optimal states of performance:
- Clarity – People who have great clarity manage to set goals, maintain drive and stay motivated to achieve more over time.
- Commitment – People who are truly committed to long term goals make decisions that compound over time to generate outstanding results.
- Connection – People who have the ability to emotionally connect with others build trust and perform better together.
At the heart of it all is an optimal state of consciousness called flow. In a flow state, leaders perform at their best and feel their best. The great thing is that all of it is trainable and repeatable with conscious effort.
About Mark Pollock
Acknowledged as an expert in leadership, resilience and overcoming adversity, high performance, and collaboration, leaders around the world invite Mark to support their teams to adapt, be resilient, perform and collaborate as a motivational speaker, delivering keynote speeches and masterclasses.
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Here are some of my favourite books on flow and performance; check them out if you’re interested in learning more.
- Flow by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi
- The Rise of Superman: Decoding the Science of Ultimate Human Performance by Steven Kotler
- Mindset: The Psychology of Success by Carol Dweck
- Grit: The Power of Passion & Perseverance by Angela Duckworth
- Start With Why; Find Your Why by Simon Sinek