4 Ways to Build Capacity in Yourself and Others

In 2015, I started sending an email every Friday to our employees. I focused on the concept of inspiration and self-improvement. I thought my Friday emails would be skimmed, or even ignored.

To my surprise, employees told me they looked forward to the messages and were sharing them with friends and family. I renamed it Friday Forward and opened it to the public. Today, over 100,000 people read it each week, and I often get notes from people who used it as inspiration to achieve their goals.

What I learned from this, and in growing my company, is leadership is about improving your own capacity and helping others to do the same. There are four essential elements involved in capacity building—elevating performance holistically requires growing capacity in each:

Spiritual Capacity is who you are and what you want most. If you can’t articulate your core values, take some quiet time to reflect on when you are fulfilled, and when you struggle. Write those words down.

Intellectual Capacity is your ability to think, learn, plan, and execute. Wake up even 15 minutes earlier this week and dedicate that time to meditation, reading or journaling. You’ll see a difference.

Physical Capacity measures health and physical performance. To start, commit to sleeping eight hours each night, and see how you feel.

Emotional Capacity is how we react to challenging situations and people, and the quality of our relationships.  Make a list of 5 most positive relationships in your life, and commit to spending more time with each.

A benefit of capacity building is its exponential impact on friends, family, and those you lead. It’s the foundation of my leadership approach, and of my new book Elevate: Push Your Limits and Unlock Success in Yourself and Others out October 1.

As you build your own capacity and achieve more, you’ll inspire others to do the same.

Which of these capacity building activities seem most relevant to you right now?

How might leaders build capacity in others?

This guest post is authored by Robert Glazer. Robert has a passion for helping individuals and organizations build their capacity to outperform. He is the Founder and CEO of global performance marketing agency, Acceleration Partners and was ranked #2 on Glassdoor’s list of Top CEO of Small & Medium Companies in the US.