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Danielle Varela

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Leadership burnout: When passion turns to affliction



Eliminating the stigma surrounding leadership burnout is a difficult task, involving a comprehensive and holistic approach to the various societal, professional, and medical issues.

Yet it would be time to tackle the task because work is an important activity in the life of every individual. For business leaders, work has ended up resembling a battlefield, becoming a source of tension and irritability as a result.


In a survey conducted by Deloitte Canada and LifeWorks Inc., more than eight out of ten executives claimed to have experienced generalized stress, a hallmark of professional exhaustion. This prompts us to consider the reasons why burnout, also known as the "disease of the century," poses such a threat to the leadership. This is a crucial issue that is of great concern to all concerned, as the success of a company depends to a large extent on the happiness and well-being of its executives. In the past two years, in a world that has seen a great deal of change,eaders have needed to be adaptable, resilient, and unbreakable. As we continue to enter new iterations of a new normal, it is critical to realize that the epidemic has left its imprint and that leaders' professional and mental health difficulties have dramatically worsened.


Professional passion or suffering of the superhero Without a doubt, passion is a necessary quality for any business leader, especially given the fact that more than half of start-ups fail. Due to technology that allows for anytime joinability and remote work, leaders are becoming more and more imprisoned by their work. They have considered themselves as "superheroes" and "wonder women" in the world of CEOs, entrepreneurs, and leaders. They set increasingly high and unreasonable standards for themselves and are never satisfied with their accomplishments. Forgetting that Work, entourage, and time for oneself are intricately linked, and it is important that these three elements are in balance. Most of the time, they overlook the indicators that should enable them to take preventative action before entering a burnout spiral. Thus, it is no wonder that many leaders find themselves in a situation that is inevitably pushing them toward family breakdown, with all the weight and responsibility that entails. Burnout manifests itself in different ways and to different degrees in different people, it nevertheless seems to have identifiable characteristics that can help prevent it. You must be aware of the psychological and physical signs of exhaustion, such as:

  • Anger,

  • Irritability,

  • Lack of motivation,

  • Isolation, and

  • Intense fatigue or recurring illness


Self-care an effective way promotes well being in the workplace Whether it's being aware of it, being afraid of it, feeling its symptoms, or increasingly taking the necessary safeguards to help prevent it, burnout is a hot topic right now. However, to effectively promote and prevent well-being within their organization, leaders must first know identify these symptoms in themselves. It is primarily a sensitive and personal matter. Unfortunately, Executive burnout remains taboo and conversations around this subject are happening discreetly, because society seems to believe that if someone is “successful” – highly paid, in a position of power – they don’t deserve sympathy. So not only are leaders saddled with the responsibility for setting the prevalent culture within their business to prevent their staff from burnout, but they must also remain somehow immune from the stresses and strains of their high-pressure jobs, lest they be seen as "weak." Self-care is usually put on the back burner in favor of others but how can we support, encourage, and look out for others' wellbeing while we are exhausted at work? An increasing number of executives and leaders are educating their staff on burnout and overall wellness. But They disregard their mental health, though. Nevertheless, they require help since they experience the same personal and professional pressures and limitations as their employees do. It is not enough for leaders to just tell people to take care of themselves. They must also demonstrate by their own actions that they want the company's culture to prioritize employee well-being. Burnout culture may ultimately affect everyone, and while founders may be tempted to work late hours, send emails at midnight, and forgo vacations, what they do sets an example for the rest of the business. A "do as I say, not as I do" scenario would jeopardise a leader’s position of authenticity and could lead employees to doubt the commitment of leaders to wellness. By committing themselves to wellness, they inspire employees and create a culture that puts wellness at the centre of priorities.


Workplace wellness: leaders, tackle your own mental health first Taking charge of your own mental health is one of the best ways to prevent leadership burnout. When faced with the possibility of experiencing burnout, leaders will need to decide for themselves, listen to their needs, and put their health first to stay competitive in our rapidly shifting industry. One of the company's intangible assets is the leaders' well-being. The maintenance of this capital necessitates finding a balance during a challenging time when tensions and challenges are mounting. In addition to making their family doctor an ally, the following strategies may help workaholics find a balance between their job and personal lives: • Improve your self-awareness • Improve your skills. • Spend time with your family. • Turn off your computer for an hour or two each day without thinking about work to replenish your batteries. • Being able to balance both your personal and professional lives. • Transferring (rather than delegating) certain responsibilities Work, family, and personal time are all intertwined, and it is important that all three are in balance. The risk of leadership burnout is real and underestimated. A significant issue that has an impact not only on the leaders themselves but also on their organizations. When a problem is ignored for too long, it eventually manifests as many illnesses, such as cancer, suicide, and AVC. Ensure your own mental health needs are met so that you can be more effective, resilient, and effective in your role.

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