Today’s society often requires people to constantly be on the go, to be ahead of the game, and to never make a mistake. The pressure of succeeding and meeting deadlines are everyday issues that leaders face regularly. It is easy to push self-care to the side in order to feel you are meeting the requirements of the job. This could quickly lead to burnout, also known as executive burnout, and can easily trickle down to the staff you lead. Self-care is crucial to staying on your A-Game as a leader and as a positive support system to the people you lead. Mark Athitakis (2018) states that “The CEO who looks after him or herself is in a better position to get the job done, and to encourage everybody on the org chart to feel the same way.”
As you may know, leadership is simply the ability to attain followers. Leaders throughout history commonly possess certain traits and characteristics in order to create an environment where followers buy into the practices and ideas of their leadership. The uniqueness of the leader’s attributes causes them to emerge into this role. But what are these specific attributes and how can emerging leaders develop their skills?