Practise “healthy selfishness”

One of the strongest findings of the research was that leaders need to look to their own needs if they are to survive and be effective. Leaders are most effective when they come alive, when they remember what they know from their experience of life, and when they can use all their faculties and senses. That requires them to look after themselves. The question leaders need to keep in mind is: how am I going to lead others if I am not in good enough shape myself?

Paying attention to your own needs is a prerequisite of effectiveness, not (as it is sometimes presented) a slightly self-indulgent whim. Unless leaders can gain some distance from the inevitable anxieties and confusion that come with a leadership ...

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