My friend likes to tell the story of when he working for a boss, who was a fantastic lawyer, who literally worked herself senseless. She put in 17-hour days consistently. She started out very productive, quickly became the rock star of the firm. But it was short-lived. She burned out in a big way. It wasn’t pretty. Lack of sleep and proper nutrition tend to have a bad effect on people.
Fun Fact #1: Research published in 2000 in the British journal Occupational and Environmental Medicine shows that sleep deprivation can have some of the same hazardous effects as being drunk. Getting less than 6 hours a night can affect coordination, reaction time and judgment, they said, posing “a very serious risk.”
Fun Fact #2: A report from the Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development (published in 2009) highlights key benefits of improving morale and lowering stress. Some of the key findings are as follows:
• The prevalence of work-related stress is increasing
• The proportion of sickness absence due to stress is estimated to be 40%
• 19% of employees leaving an organization cite stress of the job or role as the key reason for leaving the organization.
One way that perhaps you hadn’t thought of that a good manager leads is that they take care of themselves. They avoid drains on their energy, so that it may be best spent on managing.
• Make sure you are getting proper nutrition.
• Make sure you are getting enough sleep.
• Don’t sweat the small stuff.
Managing requires an enormous amount of energy, so leaders must learn how to not waste it; retain it, even.
One way leaders can manage themselves by taking steps to not allowing themselves to get overloaded.
Instead of looking at stress as a problem to fix, we need to embrace it as part of our path—and channel that energy positively instead of negatively…
Ask yourself these questions: Are you engaged, energized, and healthy physically, mentally and emotionally? What practices help you to strike more balance, and “put fuel in your tank” so to speak?
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