The Leader’s Secret Power Of Play

Cody Dakota Wooten, C.B.C.
6 min readDec 3, 2023

Why It’s Not A Frivolous Activity

“I don’t have time for that! I’m too busy!”

These are the words of a Leader on the verge of Failure.

Leaders indeed have many responsibilities in life that they have to attend to, but often Leaders are HORRIBLY Mis-Focused.

When you look at Peak Performance, sometimes there are aspects that “seem” strange, until you look deeper into Psychophysiology.

One of the most misunderstood aspects of Peak Performance is the role of Play.

Most Leaders believe that Play is a “Frivolous Activity” with no role in Business.

However, that is an incorrect assumption when you look at how our Bodies and Minds work.

Let’s look at the reasons why Play is actually ESSENTIAL to Successful Leadership!

Happiness Mindset

In a previous article, I wrote how there is a difference between the Emotion of Happiness and a Happiness Mindset.

Both have roles in Success, but for right now I’m going to Focus on the Happiness Mindset.

See, Play is something that creates Happiness in our lives.

When we experience Happiness, it becomes easier to look at life more Positively.

You could say that it adds more Optimism.

This is needed in a Successful Team and Organization.

Without Optimism, you either have a Neutral Mindset or Pessimism.

Neither of those led to Peak Performance.

They either lead to the Minimum amount of work being accomplished (aka Quiet Qutting) or worse could lead to Active Disengagement.

Both of these destroy Productivity.

A Team and Organization often is HIGHLY Influenced by the Leader’s Mindset.

If the Leader fails to have a Happiness Mindset, it is unlikely that Employees will have one.

Having some form of Play in your life makes a Happiness Mindset easier to maintain.




Cody Dakota Wooten, C.B.C.

Founder of the Leadership Guide, helping Entrepreneurs, C-Suite Executives and Business Owners unlock their Heroic Potential, and Evolve into Legendary Leaders