Every time I ride an airplane I am reminded of the importance of self leadership. Like clockwork the flight attendant stands in front of the passengers and does the “oxygen-mask demonstration,” with the reminder, “In case of an emergency, please make sure you put your own mask on before you help your children.”
After hearing that announcement, my kids always hated flying.
As a leader, the principle of the oxygen-mask holds true. If you neglect your own development and growth, focusing solely on the well being of your team, you are asking for trouble.
The reality of leadership is that there will always be people, projects, budgets, and deadlines clamoring for your time. While those things matter, they can be never-ending.
If you will make a weekly commitment to personal growth and development, it will make you a healthier leader who is equipped to influence others.
Has it been a while since you spent an hour reading? A morning planning? An afternoon dreaming? If so, I am guessing you are low on leadership oxygen and running on empty.
As you begin this new week, start by scheduling some time for self-leadership. It will be like oxygen to your soul.
What are some practices you have built into your schedule to keep you healthy as a leader?