[vimeo id="84955625"] There are many things I’m passionate about in life, but I only have few passions that never fade, and I’m always excited to talk about. One of those is leadership. A good portion of my free time is usually spent reading a blog, book, or an article on leadership because I know there’s always something new to learn. Today, many leaders are falling prey to burnouts and extreme exhaustion. They’re always trying to come up with the new “game changing” idea or pushing themselves under incredible pressure, and as you may already know, this is not a healthy approach to leadership. So, today I want to give you a few encouraging points to get out of this destructive cycle.
Number one: Take time for yourself and family. Especially in this day and age with the 24/7 information cycle and availability, it’s becoming more and more difficult for leaders to take time to simply relax and spend time with their spouse and family. The truth is that if leaders do not take time to relax, their marriages and families will fall apart. They must be intentional about turning off their phone – not on silent or vibrate – completely off. They have to take time to completely disconnect and relax. This is imperative for cultivating restoration and reflection.
Number two: Spend time building friendships. Take time each day to intentionally build relationships with people who you have wanted to get to know, but never had time. The solution is to simply build it in your schedule. Just like an organization that has to go through a period of cut backs, you need to do the same. Make serious cuts in your time, maybe you need to refuse to schedule meetings before 9am and after 5pm. Be intentional about making mornings and evenings available for family and friends and cultivating those deeper relationships.
Number three: Be spontaneous. It’s always healthy to shake up your day a little bit. Maybe you need to spontaneously decide to do a departmental outing at a local restaurant for lunch. Use this time to build healthier and deeper relationships with your coworkers. Maybe you need to take a spontaneous day off, call your secretary and tell them that you’re not coming in that day and have them take the day off as well. The point, here, is to bring some variety into your constant barrage of emails, meetings, phone calls, business lunches, and who knows what else. Take a break - you deserve it.
It’s imperative that leaders be intentional about cultivating a healthy lifestyle inside and outside of work. They cannot spend time constantly trying to solve their problems because otherwise they’ll become the problem. It’s imperative that all leaders take time for themselves, families, and friends. After all, those are the most important blessings in life.
What are you doing as a leader to keep yourself sane? What’s a spontaneous day you’ve taken for yourself?