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.”
Amidst all kinds of interest these days in things like renewable energy sources and personal wellness, one has to wonder why we don't see more written in the popular press on the subject of renewing people. It is a discussion that should be facilitated by leaders. Author Robert Greenleaf is credited with coining the term 'servant-leadership' and one of the ten characteristics that he deemed critical to servant-leadership is 'healing and serving.' In defining this healing trait he went on to say that "...implicit in the compact between servant-leader and led [those he or she leads], is the understanding that the search for wholeness is something they share" (Greenleaf, 1991, p. 27).