The Leadership Fitness® Experience You Can Access On the Go and On Demand

Fit Leaders Academy provides leaders with an accessible and affordable way to learn:



How to set a clear direction that encourages people to take action and remain focused.



Strategies to quiet inner voices and push ahead with conviction and self-assurance.



Execution and implementation skills necessary to give life to any bold vision.



Tools to build energy, stamina and endurance to remain engaged for the long haul.

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The 90-Day Runway™ teaches leaders a framework for goal achievement that creates the space for shifts in thinking and behavior necessary for obtaining desired results. Utilizing the concept of structural tension, leaders learn how to reduce the time and distance between their current reality and the future state they seek. We help leaders establish a baseline of their current reality for 20 specific activities comprising The Leadership Fit® Assessment.
The Confidence Net™ teaches leaders how to manage self doubt so they avoid becoming paralyzed at the point of action. Leaders learn strategies for dealing with both external and internal pushback, including use of the 21-day rule for developing positive habits to feed confidence on a daily basis. We teach leaders how to develop a personal Confidence Net by selecting four confidence-building behaviors they commit to developing in the next 90 days.
The Gift of Feedback™ teaches leaders a hands-on approach for supporting and improving employee performance. Leaders learn and practice a seven-step process for conducting constructive feedback discussions with others. We teach leaders how to give feedback at the teachable moment, and how to balance positive and constructive feedback to maintain employee engagement and commitment.
The Balance Booster™ teaches leaders how to balance their personal and professional obligations. Leaders rank their present level of satisfaction in eight different slices of their life, including career, family and friends, significant other/romance, fun and recreation, health, money, personal growth and physical environment. We teach leaders how to identify specific actions they can take to boost their balance in each of the above components of their lives.
The MVV Equation™ teaches leaders how to articulate the what (mission), why (vision) and how (values) of organizations. Leaders learn how to translate the core purpose of an organization into memorable mission and vision statements. We teach leaders how to turn a strong set of shared values into competitive advantage when attracting and retaining talented people, building and sustaining high performance and fostering resiliency and adaptive capacity.
The Effective Close™ teaches leaders ten practical techniques for selling their ideas more confidently and effectively to bosses, colleagues and customers. Leaders learn to focus on relationship-based, emotionally-intelligent persuasion as opposed to coercion. We teach leaders the importance of appreciating objections, selling the solution, doing their homework, adjusting to the communication preferences of others and presenting with passion.
The Leadership Fit® Change Profile™ teaches leaders how to utilize a multi-dimensional change grid to reveal their level of productive tension at any given time. Leaders chart their own readiness for action by assessing their perceived levels of ability, challenge and importance with respect to specific activities on their plate. We teach leaders strategies for both decreasing and increasing tension so they remain closer to their threshold of activation.
The Oscillating Life™ teaches leaders how to create more rhythm in their lives by encouraging greater oscillation between work and play. Leaders learn how to carve out time devoted exclusively to rest and rejuvenation. We work with leaders to help them identify what activities are most rejuvenating for them, and offer five strategies for increasing the likelihood that leaders maintain their commitment to taking take time off on a regular basis.
The Strategy Audit™ teaches leaders fifteen separate components of strategy development, execution and communication. Leaders learn how to identify their organizational or team strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats, along with the top three issues keeping their customers up at night. We teach leaders how to define specific actions they can take in the next 90 days to improve the communication of their team’s strategic direction.
The Risk Quadrant™ teaches leaders about their own appetite for risk and introduces a four-quadrant model of risk taking behavior: fearful and paralyzed; frustrated and stalled; impatient and overconfident; and bold and focused. Leaders learn how to manage risk by weighing the pros and cons of their decisions, and maximizing the levels of clarity and confidence brought to each decision. We teach leaders to accept failure as an essential step in the learning process.
The Conflict Manager™ debunks the negative perceptions often associated with conflict by teaching leaders about the positive outcomes productive conflict can create in organizations. Leaders learn their go-to style of managing disagreements with others, and how to adapt their response to conflict based on the situation. We teach leaders a simple, yet powerful centering technique to help them maintain composure during difficult situations.
The Vanishing To-Do List™ teaches leaders a productivity-boosting tool that ensures that items added to a daily task list disappear at the end of every day. Utilizing a three-step process, leaders learn how to confidently convert their to-do list into a temporary accumulator of promises and commitments made each day. We teach leaders how to watch their lists vanish at the end of each day by either implementing or scheduling the follow-up actions necessary to fulfill each task.
The Opportunity Board™ teaches leaders that not all opportunities are created equal, and provides a tool for sorting through and prioritizing the opportunities competing for the leader’s attention. After completing an Opportunity Inventory, leaders learn how to place the universe of possibilities for achieving their organizational or team strategies onto an Opportunity Board using four categories of focus: Bullseye, In the Ballpark, Opportunistic Focus and Off the Board.
The Masterful Communicator™ teaches leaders how to bring the best out in others. Leaders learn that by understanding their own preferences for communicating with and relating to others, they can adapt their own communication behaviors to respond to the different styles of those with whom they interact. We teach leaders how to decrease miscommunication, promote appreciation of diversity and enhance individual and team performance.
The Succession Matrix™ teaches leaders how to leave a legacy by managing succession in a way that is strategic, systematic and deliberate. Leaders learn how to create succession charts, and how to conduct talent reviews, to increase the bench strength of the organization. We teach leaders how to utilize delegation to increase the readiness of their people to take on more challenging assignments and responsibilities.
The Healthy Executive™ teaches leaders how small, but powerful, changes can increase their vitality. Designed around the principles of energy management, leaders learn how to incorporate regular exercise into their lives, and how to make better food choices to maintain their delicate pH balance. We teach leaders the importance of taking time out to rest and relax, and introduce nine different rejuvenation practices.
The Demographic Advantage™ teaches leaders how to appreciate generational diversity and manage the interactions across generations that can lead to misunderstandings and friction. Leaders learn how to help different demographic groups work together by emphasizing the advantages that come with diversity, and by exploring differences in expectations regarding how to accomplish tasks and reach goals.
The Brand Differentiator™ teaches leaders how to develop a strong personal leadership brand that is authentic and values-based. Leaders identify their signature story, and learn how to leverage their unique brand as a powerful communication tool. We study the brands of ten iconic leaders to see how they successfully manage and protect their respective brand equity and reputation. We also reveal what can tarnish a brand after years of hard work.
The Creative Potential™ teaches leaders how to create an environment where people feel safe coming up with new ideas. Leaders learn how to get into the right frame of mind, and how to remove several barriers to the creative process, including premature editing, playing it safe, rigidity and Groupthink. We teach leaders how to utilize five different creativity tools and techniques to foster the creative potential of their team.
The Innovation Broker™ teaches leaders how to create a culture of innovation and enable reinvention. Leaders learn how to become champions of change by promoting pipelines for new ideas and instituting metrics to track innovations across the organization. We teach leaders how to “fail fast” by sponsoring pilot tests and setting up key milestones to evaluate feasibility, attractiveness and payback.
The Transparent Leader™ teaches leaders how to increase personal credibility by practicing a “what you see is what you get” approach to leadership. Leaders learn the importance of being candid, honest and genuine; being consistent; keeping their commitments; and handling mistakes well. We teach leaders how to promote a free flow of information throughout the organization, and how to become aware of blind spots or performance gaps that can get in their way.
The Humble Servant™ teaches leaders how to promote a sense of community in the workplace, and how to share power when making decisions. Leaders learn the ways of being and capacities that are necessary for effective servant leadership: awareness, presence, availability, reflection, empathy, listening and receptivity, acceptance of others, intuition, generosity, foresight and transparency. We teach leaders how to balance self-interest and the common good.
The Master Motivator™ teaches leaders how to build employee engagement and commitment by increasing their reliance on intrinsic rewards. Leaders review classic motivational theories and discover new insights around what really motivates us. We teach leaders how to grow opportunities for mastery, autonomy and purpose in the workplace, and how to set up an environment where people experience small wins on a continuous basis.
The Attention Keeper™ focuses on the fragility of attention and the risks associated with working on too many things at once. Leaders learn how to achieve a healthy balance between directed and involuntary attention. We teach leaders how to optimize their productivity and performance by overcoming distractions, and by adopting up to sixteen specific strategies for maintaining dedicated focus on what’s most important in their organization.

What You Will Experience

Professionally-produced training videos offering expert instruction
Group coaching calls to provide support, feedback and accountability
Assessments to identify, track and impact leadership styles
Downloadable tools and resources designed to guide the learning process

What It Will Cost


  • For one individual


  • For up to 20 individuals from the same organization


  • *Plus $100 per additional person beyond 20 team members from the same organization

What Others Are Saying

Thousands of leaders, representing over 50 organizations, based in over a dozen countries, have participated in the Leadership Fitness experience.

Manjinder Sodhi

IT Global Program Manager,
General Motors Corporation

Dr. Chinsky is on a mission to create successful leaders for the future. I have had the opportunity to personally attend a number of workshops organized by the Institute. Fit Leaders Academy is a "must-join" for inspiring leaders and I strongly recommend it.

Teresa Katlin

Senior Engagement Manager,
Johnson & Johnson

I attended David’s Leadership Fitness program in 2011. David’s leadership experience, coaching skills and his program are very effective for leaders at various levels in an organization. The course was hands-on and unique compared to other leadership courses I have participated in.

Elliot Forsyth

Vice President of Business Operations,
Michigan Manufacturing Technology Center

David is a trusted business and organizational consultant. Through his counsel and leadership, key business leaders achieved meaningful results and outcomes. We have used his highly regarded "Leadership Fitness" program with outstanding results. I highly recommend David and his organization.

Julie K. Norris

Chief Attorney Development & Recruitment Officer,
Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn LLP

David is a true leader in the field of professional coaching and leadership development. His rare combination of business skills and coaching / facilitation skills sets him apart. David brings tremendous value and insight to every engagement; he is synonymous with “top quality".

Robin Damschroder

Chief Operating Office,
Trinity Health

The Institute for Leadership Fitness does a wonderful job of allowing you to analyze your own leadership skills in the context of your organization’s dynamics. It offers opportunities to further develop your skills to positively influence outcomes within your team and across the organization.

Skotti Fietsam

Director, Global Supplier Development,

David has a wealth of knowledge and experience as both a leader and a leadership coach. His enthusiasm for coaching is contagious. He has a passion for continuous improvement, including self-improvement. I would highly recommend David’s Leadership Fitness Program. It helped to improve my personal and professional growth.


  • For one individual


  • For up to 20 individuals from the same organization


  • *Plus $100 per additional person beyond 20 team members from the same organization

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