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As I have been doing more writing, I have been paying a lot of attention to which leaders I find most inspiring–and why. For me, energy is a big factor in both whom I want to follow, and who I want on my team.

Leaders with strong, positive, engaging energy inspire others towards great results. It is much harder for the team to run out of steam when the leader keeps showing up strong.

When building teams, I always look for those with an engaged heart and spirit who are fired up with positive intensity. A lot of the other key skills can be taught if a person is wired that way. People have come to understand that this is how I roll, so it is getting easier to attract people who want to live in a fast paced, intense environment. Energy attracts energy.

So with all that outward focused energy, why do I get so tired?

In preparing for this week’s writing, I looked to what others are saying on the subject. My friends at Chatsworth (Chatsworth on Forget About Managing Your Time, Manage Your Energy Instead),  have good thinking on managing energy versus time and using those patterns. That work then turned me on to Energy Project.


The Energy Project hones in on four key areas which drive our energy: mental, physical, emotional and spiritual. They offer a free “energy audit” for people to self assess how they are doing in each of these key areas, and then email the results with recommendations. The cool part is that they also offer a sliding energy tool that provides suggestions based on the importance each of those factors has to you.

Take the Energy Audit Here

My results from the audit showed strong energy on the mental, physical, and spiritual dimensions, but that I was on the cusp of “an imminent energy crises” on the emotional front. Suggestions include “taking more time for activities I deeply enjoy” and “having more quality time with family and friends.”Consistent with what my husband said to me just this morning, “I think you need to go do some more yoga, not by yourself, with your friends.” Turns out he is a good energy barometer as well.

So, this weekend I did some yoga, had dinner with my husband, bowled with Sebastian, and paddle boarded with Ben. And now from a calmer emotional heart, I head into a vital week at work and explore energetic leadership on my blog each day. Hope you will join the conversation.

Karin Hurt

Karin Hurt helps human-centered leaders resolve workplace ambiguity and chaos, so that they can drive innovation, productivity and revenue without burning out employees. She’s the founder and CEO of Let’s Grow Leaders, an international leadership development and training firm known for practical tools and leadership development programs that stick. She’s the award-winning author of four books including Courageous Cultures: How to Build Teams of Micro-Innovators, Problem Solvers, and Customer Advocates and Winning Well: A Manager’s Guide to Getting Results-Without Losing Your Soul and a hosts the popular Asking For a Friend Vlog on LinkedIn. A former Verizon Wireless executive, Karin was named to Inc. Magazine’s list of great leadership speakers. Karin and her husband and business partner, David Dye, are committed to their philanthropic initiative, Winning Wells – building clean water wells for the people of Cambodia.


  1. Able People DevelopmentFarquhar

    Thank you Karin for getting the week off to such a great start. I loved Tony Schwartz’ 2007 HBR article on managing energy, and so it is a thrill for me to be brought right up to date, via your blog, with his work at The Energy Project.

    I have been thinking more and more lately about how to help hard pressed leaders make small changes that make a big difference, and this is the place to start. The new sliding energy tool looks like a lot of fun as well!

    Thank you for the reminder.


  2. Steve Borek

    The best book on energy, in my opinion, is The Power of Full Engagement.

    Energy is created by having proper rest, eating clean foods, and exercise. If any of these are out of balance, you won’t have the energy to do what you love to do.

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