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A compassionate leader models self-care and work-life balance

Today I’m back with another strategy on how to be a more compassionate leader.  Today’s tip is to encourage and be a role model for self-care and work-life balance.

Encourage and model self-care and work-life balance

If you want to be a more compassionate leader, then you need to start by showing compassion to yourself.  You are a role model.  Whether you want it, whether you like it, whether you realize it or not, people are watching you. So it is vital that you lead by example.  Take care of your own well-being and demonstrate healthy habits.  Take breaks, get enough sleep, engage in activities outside work.  Only if you model the right behaviour can you then get your employees to prioritize self-care.

I realize that it’s not always possible, but encourage work-life balance as much as you can.  Except for unusual or occasional periods, leave at a reasonable hour, and encourage your employees to do the same.  As much as you can, avoid contacting your staff outside of work hours or during vacations, and encourage them to take time off when they need it.  Recognize and address burnout.  Create a culture that promotes work-life balance, offers mental health resources, and provides opportunities for people to take time off or reduce their workload when needed. And lead by example.

A compassionate leader never forgets that s/he is a role model

Above all, as a leader, realize that all your behaviour – whatever you say or do – matters. When you as a leader demonstrate compassion, those actions echo throughout your organization. They create positive feelings in everyone who sees them and they encourage people to do the same. This phenomenon is called elevation, and when elevation exists, it has been shown to create more positive, productive and profitable organizational cultures.  So encourage and be a role model for self-care and work-life balance.

Today’s video blog post was #12 in this series.  You can access previous tips in this video series:

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