Since leadership can be challenging and difficult it is important to have and maintain habits that will allow you to avoid a leadership burnout. If you endure in the leadership race then you have a better chance of reaching your potential and leaving a lasting legacy. Here are some common signs a leader is moving in the direction of a burnout:
- They do not delegate and take on more than they can productively accomplish themselves.
- They spend an unhealthy amount of time working or thinking about work.
- They tell themselves they “can” and “need” to do it all.
- They don’t believe they need breaks or vacations.
To help you avoid a leadership burnout, apply these 3 principles into your life:
1. Rest once a week- To avoid a burnout then make it a priority to take a day off to rest. Most people would say, they don’t have time to take an entire day off to rest. However Loren Pinilis wrote an insightful posted about, The Secret to Taking a Sabbath day of Rest. In the post he wrote, “The critical factor in a day of rest is what happens the other six days”. The take away for us to remember is to work hard 6 days a week the to take a day off.
2. Maintain good habits- The habits a leader has will either drive them to success or cause them to burnout. The definition of a habit is “an acquired behavior pattern regularly followed until it has become almost involuntary.” If you want to be and stay motivated and driven then apply these habits into your daily routine:
- Drink Water- The majority of people are dehydrated which can prevent them from working on all cylinders. Make sure you drink at least 8 glasses of water a day.
- Exercise- Make it a point to exercise. When you exercise it releases endorphins that produce energy.
- Nourishment Centers- Nourishment Centers are simply areas in your life that pull at your heart and soul. Make sure you have and apply them into your life.
- Sleep- Make sure you get 7-8 hours of sleep a night.
3. Relationships- The relationships we have can help prevent us from burning out. A “lone ranger” leader who does not build or maintain relationships with others is in danger of quickly burning out. The journey of leadership and life is not meant to be done alone. The relationships are the glue that can hold a person together. This is why it’s essential to have people around you to encourage and add value to your life, during both the good and hard times.
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