From the smallest of facilities to the global corporations, leadership has proven to play a tremendous role in determining whether the business and/or employees experience success or failure. Although leadership may be thought of as a basic human quality, it is also quite complex. Effective leaders may vary from one another in their backgrounds, educations, personalities, methods, and numerous other characteristics, making it difficult to identify the source of their success. Over the past three decades, much research has been done on the topic of leadership, which has spawned such an equally vast array of leadership strategies, theories, and methodologies (Jago, 1982). Interestingly, many of the leadership lessons that apply so aptly for the corporate world also apply in the fitness industry and are utilized by owners, managers and personal trainers. These leadership lessons not only help owners and managers drive business success, but can also function as effective coaching tools to help personal trainers achieve greater success for their clients. An effective leader in the fitness industry must be able to critically evaluate each situation and apply components of the many different leadership systems to successfully guide and motivate a group. This article will help to define leadership, identify three leadership styles, and provide tools to help fitness employees apply effective leadership.