Leadership Insights

Leadership and Self-Care

Feb 22, 2018 1:27:58 PM / by Ed Brzychcy

Leaders today are busy. With almost incessant demands across multiple fronts, business leaders risk finding themselves held prisoner to their activities and responsibilities.

Amidst all this, leaders must find time to take care of number one. No leader can be wholly effective and handle their responsibilities if they cannot take care of their well-being. As leaders, we must find the time to tend to our mental and physical health, social and family lives, and quietude.

Meeting these basic needs allow us to focus more fully on the immediate tasks at hand when faced with our responsibilities. Without attending to ourselves, we create a more stressful environment and find ourselves becoming victims of our circumstances as outside influences can become overwhelming and the inevitable crash looms ever closer.

Self-care is entirely a personal process. Every individual will have different means for how they handle their well-being, but being cognizant of this is a critical first step. Leaders must be able to prioritize and ensure that they are taking care of themselves in addition to the requirements of their team, and organization.

The ultimate issue here is prioritization. While self-care is an urgent priority, leaders must also be present. However, being present when other, external, problems are looming is not enough. Every leader must handle their affairs, and ensure that they are in top physical, mental, and personal shape before they are able to make an impact on those around them.

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Topics: leadership, professional development

Ed Brzychcy

Written by Ed Brzychcy

Ed Brzychcy is former U.S. Army Infantry Staff-Sergeant with service across 3 combat deployments to Iraq. After his time in the military, he received his MBA from Babson College and now coaches organizational leadership and growth through his consultancy, Blue Cord Management.