There’s no getting around the pressures that Leaders and their staff are facing. Daniel Goleman in his book entitled The New Leaders (2007) states that leaders need to be effective at employing emotional intelligence by managing their emotions effectively. Self-Management includes self-control, transparency, adaptability, achievement, initiative and optimism (pg. 328). In the past I have written about how leaders also need to have great communication, be reflective when things go awry, and engage their staff well, to be effective in aligning their people with the organisation’s journey.
However, these actions, along with managing themselves require a leader to be almost super-human, while facing significant pressure with the need for agility, all under the watch of their staff. Consider also, the disruptive nature of AI and the likely need to implement change (now affecting you and your staff), the leader needs to take particular care of themselves first to continue to build strength.
How on earth can you do this?
We have all started programmes that seemed like a good idea at the time, and we didn’t finish them – maybe they were boring or too long; however, this can make you feel worse!
There is a simple approach that can be transformational - start with the basics, just ONE. Di Foster (2023) is such an inspirational leader who directly changed her health prognosis by focusing on a 1% change at a time, each action building on the next.
What can you focus on?
Selected models and tips follow
Lucy Hone (2019), has great insight developed from adversity. She describes deliberate actions that resilient people take. They:
Accept that terrible things happen, as part of life
Choose carefully where they select their attention: focusing on the things they can control
Ask themselves: is what I am doing helpful or harming me?
The Maori health model, Te Whare Tapa Whā (shown above) is grounded and balanced in thinking about wellbeing as a wharenui (Maori meeting house) in five different aspects: Mental and emotional, spiritual, family and social, physical and land, roots.
Tom Rath (2009) adds in Career Wellbeing.
Tips: Philosophies and actions you can undertake
Start with you, choosing one aspect of the models shown earlier
Deliberately focus on what you can control and be positively focused on them
Get out in nature – sit on a bench seat, have a walking meeting, go for a walk to think or relax
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