“Be the leader you wish you’d had.” —Herding Tigers
An old piece of wisdom says, “As goes the leader, so goes the team.” This means that if you aren’t taking care of yourself, you are in turn putting your team at risk. It seems counterintuitive, because leaders are supposed to serve their team, but the deeper reality is that if you aren’t taking care of yourself, you will have nothing to offer them. I wanted to give you a few areas to reflect on:
1. How is your margin? Are you making an effort to protect the space you need to think, to connect dots, and to do your deep work?
2. How is your mind? Are you filling your well, and seeking to find inspiration for your work? Have you dedicated time and space for study, reflection, journaling, and other unseen but essential and effective disciplines? These are often the very first things to go when you’re busy.
3. How is the flame? Are you still connected with your productive passion? Are you effectively living out your principles?
Take some time at some point today to consider these three questions:
How will I create space in my life to do the deep work that only I can do?
How will I sharpen my mind and hone my intuition this week?
How will I stay connected to my deeper why, or productive passion this week?
If you want your team to be healthy, you must model health.
Be the leader that you always wish you’d had.
Question: How can you better model health today to those you work with?