Why you should make your executives sweat

I agree completely!


FORTUNE — At a Wharton leadership conference last month, Deloitte’s managing principal of talent development, Bill Pelster, was showing off his company’s new leadership school in Westlake, Texas, called Deloitte University. A key piece of real estate on the $300 million facility, he said, is DU’s 12,000 square-foot fitness room, called “DFit” for short.

DFit is not just an amenity. It plays a key role in Deloitte’s training programs, Pelster says. Some of the university’s programs for top executives require participants to wake up at 6:00 in the morning and hit the gym before starting the leadership training part of the itinerary. “The intent is to get them into a good sweat,” Pelster says, and also expose them to techniques for working out when they travel. At first, the leaders might complain about the early wake-up call, but most of them say, in their feedback after the program, that the…

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