When in a leadership position, it’s important to put your team first above all else. However, this doesn’t mean you need to sacrifice your own wellbeing for the sake of your team and your business. It is a balancing act that you need to figure out.
On one hand, you don’t want to be that stereotypical self-absorbed boss who is only concerned with themselves. At the same time, you don’t want to be the push-over who is running themselves ragged trying to meet the needs of everyone else.
Finding the perfect balance will take time. Some days, you’ll give more than you take and vice versa depending on the situation and your available energy. Remember not to lose yourself, and not to get jaded while in management.
- Prioritize. Some days you will have everyone coming at you from every which way. Take note of what needs to be done, and prioritize. Take emotion out of the equation and make a list according to what’s most important.
- Delegate. Being a leader doesn’t mean taking on everything by yourself. In fact, being a leader means knowing who is best for each job. Delegate tasks in order to make the day run smoothly and efficiently.
- Stay focused. Keep your mind on your own duties. Try not to get caught up in all of the other goings on in the office. If a problem arises, address it. Otherwise, stay focused on the task at hand.
- Set times to check emails and take calls. Unless something is urgent, only check your emails and calls at certain times. Otherwise, you will be getting interrupted throughout your entire day and lose track of what you’re doing. If needed, set up an automatic response email for when you’re unavailable.
- Make sure to take breaks. For Pete’s sake, don’t work through your breaks! We all need a breather throughout the day, and working through yours is not doing anyone any favors! Get up, go for a walk, stretch your legs and go see some people! Small breaks do great things for your mood, energy level, creativity and productivity! Don’t skip them!
- Schedule off-duty hours. Don’t be checking email and texts or working around the clock. You need some personal time. For the sake of your sanity and your out-of-work relationships, make sure you have clear off-duty time.
In today’s world, there is a strong emphasis on a “work hard” mentality. While we whole-heartedly agree with that, we also value mental health and personal time. It’s important not to lose sight of your own needs while keeping those of your team and your business up front.