If you want to be a truly great leader, you must realize that it requires a consistent, continuous and empathetic mindset and approach. You do not have the luxury of merely picking and choosing the circumstances and/or conditions, where you are going to get involved. You also can’t avoid the unpopular or more challenging issues, if you want to truly lead in a meaningful way! There must also be a willingness to develop, the proverbial, thick skin, which means that you understand that, along with the office held, there will nearly always be some criticism, and that there is a need to avoid taking this personally (especially if doing so, gets in the way of getting things done!)! In my over three decades of identifying, qualifying, training, developing, and consulting to, over a thousand individuals in actual or potential leadership positions, I have witnessed far too many incidents of what we refer to, as burn-out. Let’s consider six reasons this often happens.
1. They don’t take Me time:
Everyone must take some time for himself, and develop a balance between business and personal time! Therefore, if you decide to lead effectively, make certain to become a quality, time manager! How can anyone be an effective leader, until and/or unless, he is personally happy, and maintains a relatively low, personal, stress level?
2. Don’t get bogged down in minutia:
Set priorities that help maintain your focus, and don’t sweat the petty stuff! While this may seem easy and obvious, in practice, it is often quite challenging!
3. Avoid taking things too personally:
Understand that one’s popularity is often not indicative of the quality of his leadership! Therefore, follow the mindset of consistently, doing the right thing, focus on service and priorities, and negate the snide remarks others might make. Maintain a positive, can-do philosophy and mental attitude!
4. Be careful to not spin your wheels:
Unless you become a better time manager, you will often end up wasting valuable time, and thus eat into your personal, Me moments! Set your goals and priorities, analyze alternatives, develop, create and use an action plan, and get started!
5. Improper goal setting:
This process must be made simpler, and more comprehensive, so not only immediate needs are addressed, but a keen eye is kept on the intermediate and longer-term needs and priorities of your organization. Make sure that your goals are relevant, and drive the group to a higher level of sustainability.
6. What do you truly believe in?:
Avoid copping out, because it adds much stress, when you don’t fully believe in what you are promoting to others. Understand your motivations, and enjoy what you are doing!
When one balances leading, with a happier, more fulfilling personal existence, he, invariably, becomes more productive. Burnout occurs, most often, when there is an inner stress created, because of less than a 100% commitment and/or belief level!
Richard has owned businesses, been a COO, CEO, and Director of Development, as well as a consultant. He has professionally run events, consulted to over a thousand leaders, and conducted personal development seminars, for over 30 years. Rich has written three books and well over a thousand articles. His company, PLAN2LEAD, LLC has an informative website: http://plan2lead.net