In my sessions with coaches and executives, they often talk about what they love about working with their teams. They recall great moments when leadership suddenly merged into happiness.

When the team needs them the most, they – leaders – always want to be a part of it, and in most cases, they are! But everything has a price:

  • Time-energy dedicated to listening to every member of the team
  • Time-energy dedicated to thinking ways in which the team can improve
  • Time-energy dedicated to making decisions for the team

Time and energy…, always for the team.

But who takes care of the leader?

This is “the loneliness of the leader”, a veteran soccer coach once told me, who went on to say:

“From the top, they always demand results…, and when you look down, your team is waiting for you.”

This is also a very common sentiment for any executive in charge of leading a team. In contexts of high demands and heavy responsibilities, this constant focus on others, coupled with the misguided relationship between multitasking and results, can jeopardize the balance and well-being of leaders.

Carving out time-energy for yourself

If you lead a team, and some of what I’ve described rings a bell, I suggest taking a step back to reflect on the following:

  • Out of everything I do at work, what energizes me?
  • How do I want to integrate it into my weekly routine?
  • Out of everything I do outside of work, what energizes me?
  • How do I want to integrate it into my weekly routine?

It’s simple! It’s so simple that we tend to overlook it. This personal time-out will provide a space for you to answer these questions. Continue to work for your team but don’t forget to take care of yourself.

Knowing how to lead yourself is the first and most important step to leading others!