How Successful Leaders Manage Stress, Work & Family Life

Reaching a leadership position is often considered the pinnacle of success. Climbing the success ladder also means an ever-increasing load of responsibility. So how do leaders manage all this responsibility, and still find time to spend time with their family or go for a jog.

Many would ask: “Doesn’t more responsibility mean you need to spend longer hours at work?” Instead of viewing success as reaching a certain position or achieving a certain net worth, success is making a positive difference in the lives of your colleagues, organisations, family, and society.

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With all the pressures in today’s society, especially in business, it is very difficult to find the right equilibrium between achieving long-term goals and short-term financial metrics.Truly successful leaders are masters at managing their time and have control over their thoughts because they are mindful.

Mindfulness gives leaders the tool to measure and manage their life in the present. When a person is mindful, they are far more productive and efficient at their job. This is how they manage to balance their work and family life.

As you take on greater leadership responsibilities, the key is to remain grounded and authentic, face new challenges with humility, and balance professional success with more important but less easily quantified measures of personal success.

Mindfulness teaches a person to pay attention to the present moment by recognizing feelings and emotions and keeping them under control, especially when faced with highly-stressful situations.Mindful leaders are aware of their presence and the ways in which it impacts others. They are able to both observe and participate in each moment, while recognizing the long-term impact of their actions.

To gain awareness and clarity about the present, leaders must be able to quiet their mind – which is tremendously difficult and can take a lifetime of practice – or meditate. When the Dalai Lama was asked what it took to become a leader, he replied, “You must have practices that you engage in every day.”In recent years, medical studies have found evidence of meditation physically altering parts of the brain associated with learning and memory, emotional regulation, and perspective-taking — critical cognitive skills for leaders attempting to maintain their equilibrium under constant pressure.

While many leaders and organisations are embracing meditation, it may not be for everyone. The important thing is to have a set time each day to pull back from the intense pressures of leadership to reflect on what is happening. In addition to meditation, take time for daily journaling, prayer, and reflecting while walking, hiking or jogging.Regardless of the daily introspective practice you choose, the pursuit of mindful leadership will help achieve clarity about what is important and a deeper understanding of the world around us.

Mindfulness will help clear the trivia and needless worries about unimportant things, nurture passion for your work and compassion for others, and develop the ability to empower people in your organisation.

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