It’s about time our leaders, ordinary and everyday or extraordinary leaders, are held accountable for a higher level of integrity and honesty (and vulnerability) than ever before.
This is NOT about executives attempting to be superheros, but rather about leaders learning it’s okay to be human. Being human means having the skills and intuitive ability to acknowledge emotion (in yourself and in others), without breaching professional boundaries or letting your competition “see you sweat.” Believe me, I get it.
The FIRST step you need to take is to be able to minimize, eliminate or leverage STRESS. If “Avoid” is your strategy when it comes to stress, you will likely become a statistic: “48% of newly hired or newly promoted executives get fired or quit before their 18 month anniversary.” It’s not because they lack the technical skills to get the job done. From my observation as an executive coach, it’s because lack of self-management, interpersonal and communication skills required in their new position.
Leaders must take responsibility for their own learning and professional leadership development in the areas of emotional intelligence and stress management. In order to become a “built to last” or Sustainable Leader, you must first address STRESS … internal (which comes from the worries that are generated by your brain and keep you up at night) or external (direct pressures and spoken expectations from others).
For a free video “7 Simple Strategies to Eliminate, Reduce or Leverage Stress” enter in your name and your best email address to get access to the free video. Then, choose one action to apply for 14 days … What did you notice about your focus? The time you spent at work? Your level of effectiveness as a leader?
Christina Haxton is the Chief Potential Officer & Founder of The Center for Sustainable Strategies, a business strategy & executive advisory company, assisting technology and life science entrepreneurs, business owners & CEOs to build a strong, purpose-driven company, achieve sustainable growth & avoid burnout. Contact Christina at (970) 387-8935 or firstname.lastname@example.org to inquire about speaking, training, coaching and consulting solutions for yourself or your company.