I have a wonderful job. I work with bright, enthusiastic people who either want to advance their careers, or simply want to feel more confident about themselves. Many of them are leaders in organizations small and large around the world. Some are just at the beginning of their careers, or have successfully built up a business on their own. Others returned to the workforce after taking care for their families for a while.
My clientele is manifold and diverse. However, what they have in common is that they are constantly busy. Getting enough sleep, eating healthy foods, exercising regularly or just identifying the things they love to do in their spare time is usually not on top of their priority lists. In fact, the last thing they would carve time out of their busy schedules is to take care for themselves. They feel guilty, selfish and provide a long list of excuses why there is no reason and no time to focus on their personal well-being and to invest in their most important asset — themselves.
Does that sound familiar to you? If yes, I want you to know that it not only impacts you and your health, instead it also impacts others and even your career. Because, taking care of yourself shows your leadership potential, or the lack of it. Here is why:
1. “Do it as I do it!”
Your most important job in your leadership role is to create more leaders. As a leader you provide guidance; you motivate and inspire people to take action, most often by your own actions. By walking the talk, you become a leader others want to follow. Your followers will watch, learn and imitate what you do.
Leaders who lead by example and act as role model inspire others. Because, without actually saying it, your message is: “Do it as I do it…”
2. “I care about me … and you!”
As a leader you’ve to show that you are very confident about the decisions you make about and for yourself, because only then will people trust you to have the ability to make tough decisions for others as well.
If you take care of yourself people instantly assume that you also have the ability to take care of others.
3. “I just do it!”
Traits we like to see in leaders are discipline, action, and the willingness to do what it takes to be successful. Treating your body and mind well on a regular base shows that you have the necessary discipline and time management skills to take care of yourself in the tiny amount of your time.
Others think you are a superhuman—but of course we know you are not. You just have everything under control. While you see the “big picture,” you don’t lose sight of solid ground. And while others still think about whether they would be able to carve some time out, you “just do it.”
Yes, I know. The normal daily life can be very stressful and as a leader you have to work hard, no matter if you lead within an organization, your own company or your family at home. But your physical aspects are quite important—maybe just as important as everything else. Taking care of yourself both physically and emotionally will be crucial to your success. Start today with being your best self!
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