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If you’re a leader, invest in yourself first

My first column for 2016 for came out on Friday, and this one talks about a subject that every leader should think about, but many don’t! Most leaders consider it hugely important to invest in others – staff, peers, and their organization – but many forget that their capabilities as leaders is determined by what they have available in their own fuel tanks, which is why it is critical for them to invest in themselves first. Leaders can’t help anyone else if they’re running on empty! So in 5 Practical Ways You Should Invest in Yourself, I offer specific ideas on what leaders must do to refuel, so that they have the skills and energy to invest in others.


So what ideas do you have to add to the list? What are you doing to “put on your own oxygen mask first”? Please share by commenting below.

P.S. 2016 marks my second year as a regular contributor to’s panel of business experts. You can find links to my previous columns on their site. For your information, Profit Magazine is a sister publication to Canadian business magazine giants Canadian Business, MoneySense and Macleans, and their list of columnists reads like the Who’s Who of Canadian business, so I am proud to be in such distinguished company.

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