Why are leaders and executives to burning out?
Aside from the added challenges brought on by the pandemic, such as plummeting retention rates, difficulty filling roles, and reduced resources, leaders routinely feel pressure to perform at high levels while serving and managing their people.
The key contributors to executive burnout include:
👉🏽 Long-term, unmanaged stress
👉🏽 Working long hours and remaining available after hours
👉🏽 Pressure to deliver results
👉🏽 Having too many responsibilities
👉🏽 Feeling isolated because they feel they must hide their struggles to maintain their image
👉🏽 Sacrificing too much of themselves for others
The effects of executive burnout can trickle down and impact company culture and morale, employee wellbeing and mental health, and result in a widespread loss of productivity.
For example, burned out leaders have a diminished capacity for patience and compassion, which can result in friction between them and their staff.
Or they may be so exhausted that they’re unable to stay focused for long periods or bring their A-game to work each day.
Company executives and leaders must take measures to protect themselves from burnout so they can continue to act as a source of inspiration and support for their teams.
If they don’t, leadership becomes increasingly frustrating and overwhelming.
If you're an executive or leader struggling to manage your stress levels and feel you may be at risk of burnout, consider some of these tips to help:
🙌🏾 Delegate more of your work
🙌🏾 Set boundaries for when you're on and off the clock and stick to them
🙌🏾 Enlist the support of a mental health counselor, leadership/executive coach, or mentor
🙌🏾 Take care of your health and wellbeing needs, including good nutrition, hydration, sleep, exercise, and time for self-care.
🙌🏾 Learn to recognize the signs of burnout and develop self-awareness of stress triggers
🙌🏾 Reflect on your “why.” - What led you on to this career path in the first place, and reflect on why it matters to you.
🙌🏾 Plan and take vacations every year
That might all sound easier said than done but it is entirely possible - with support.
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