Competition, time pressure and pressure to succeed cause many people to neglect and exhaust themselves. Personal well-being is the basis for long-term success as a leader. Max M. reached his limits. His area of responsibility has doubled in recent years – at the same time, he has not achieved the high sales targets of the last quarter. He is dissatisfied himself, his team members are unmotivated and show poor performance. At home, the situation with the family is very tense. M is no longer able to switch off, all previous recipes for success have failed and its driving force is at its lowest point. How does M find his strength again?
Leaders carry double responsibility – for themselves and for their team members. To become successful it is essential to start with yourself. People who manage to lead and to develop themselves consciously, are successful in leading others. Your own inner stability is a prerequisite for the authenticity in leading others. Overloading without recovery phases gradually leads to fatigue and exhaustion. This happens over a long period of time and is often accompanied by other difficult circumstances outside. The first step to solve such a difficult situation is to recognise counter-productive behaviours, limits and patterns.
The key is self-awareness and the knowledge of your own qualities and resources, including your strength, weaknesses and needs. At the same time it is imperative to reflect your experiences from daily work life and to integrate possible learning areas.
Regular self-reflexion enables you to learn consciously from your experiences and to continue to develop yourself. Especially in difficult times it is helpful to get external support and feedback. One possible starting point is the personality profile, Golden Personality Profiler (GPP) which shows specific behaviours and patterns and opens areas of development and strengths.
The regular work on and with yourself is often underestimated. Leaders who are aware of their role model function and actively manage themselves foster and inspire their team members. In order to lead yourself through turbulent times in work life, it is prerequisite to find and keep your inner strength and stability. Take time for yourself to reflect on your experiences and emotions from everyday work and to process ballast. As such you master unplanned turbulence in everyday work.