So I realize in the past few weeks, I’ve been asking a lot of you! Stop. Listen. Feel. Think. Assess. Reflect.
Is your head going to explode yet?
A good leader has a lot going on. You care about your employees and their lives and that means that when something happens that affects them, it affects you as well. That can get a little overwhelming, all that emotional stimuli and drama!
It’s important to balance. Know who you are. Know that you are separate from the people, issues and situations that are occurring all around you.
Care about your employees, but establish boundaries. You decide what the rocks are and put them in first and you fill in the spaces with the sand. You give, but you ensure that you take care of yourself too.
Remain confidant in who you are, despite others who may disagree. It’s hard to be yourself when those around you think you’re the bad guy, but don’t let the emotions of others sway you from doing what you feel is the right thing to do.
It is a fine balance. It takes practice. But the more you put into it, the more you make yourself aware of your actions and how they affect others and how others’ actions affect you, the more successful you will be, in not only your professional relationships, but your personal ones as well. And isn’t that a good reason for the effort?