Travelling in the USA this week with my colleague Vincent Noyer, an avid rock climber, was explaining to me about ‘Dynamic’ and ‘Static’ strength in the sport of rock climbing. Dynamic Strength is needed for ‘bursts’ of movement to get from one hold to another, while Static Strength is about the ability to ‘hold on’ for long periods of time. Dynamic Strength is needed in certain ‘cruxes’ of a climb that require a bold manoeuvre. You might think that Static Strength is a more mundane skill that is only used in less exciting situations, but actually the opposite is the case. Static Strength is essential for some of the most challenging parts of a route such a climbing ceilings or ‘roof’ routes.

Indoor Climbing site on climbing technique explains…

  • Static Climbing Technique. Static movement is making a move where body position is controlled by muscle movement, rather than by momentum. How you shift your body weight upwards, downwards, left or right as a general rule will help you gain control.”
  • Dynamic Climbing Technique. The dead point technique is useful in many climbing situations, helps you develop a smooth graceful characteristic. Use momentum to reach a move that is further than can be reached using a static movement. The movement should be smooth and fluid.”

The distinction struck me an effective parallel to the Leadership and Management distinction. The upside of bold manoeuvres. The risk protection managing critical segments.

Leaders use Dynamic strength to power up the route, Managers use Static strength to manage the difficult sections. Both together are needed in unison to scale the most challenging peaks.

Dynamic Strength         Static Strength

Leadership                                                                           Management