The leadership coach strongly believes that being fitter will make you a better leader.
Gone are the late nights, chain smoking and sleep deprivation in her previous life as a radio deejay. Today, Sari Marsden is a motivational leadership and performance coach, as well as personal trainer.
Combining her passions of personal development, nutrition, leadership, health and fitness coaching, Sari helps people to align their physical, emotional and mental states to create the results that they want in their lives. She strongly believes that becoming fitter will make people better leaders.
It was the change she saw in her husband after he made a commitment to lead an active lifestyle that prompted her to change her life too. They later co-authored a book Fit to Lead that offers a dynamic vision of leadership development where the role of your physical body is placed alongside that of your thoughts and emotions.
Sari also works with children at the Mountbatten Vocational School as a dance fitness instructor, and volunteers at Aidha, a non-profit organisation that provides education for foreign domestic workers in Singapore.
“The more I focus on fitness and leadership coaching, the clearer my vision has become, especially with regard to women. I love to work with women who want to define who they are in the world without comparing themselves to other women, or to men.
“I am championing women with the will to develop their strength and grace to ultimately become women who are happy to be themselves in the world, to lead with purpose, and to generate impact for others. This is my stand, the purpose to which I am emotionally connected. It is what I choose to lead for in the world.
“In a world where you are told to fit in or stand out from the crowd, choose to be fit to lead,” she said.
Follow Sari on Instagram (@sarisarius).
This feature is part of Shape Singapore’s initiative to honour inspiring women in sports and fitness, who are using their positions to positively impact society in 2020 and beyond.