Leadership: 7 Things That Drain a Leader’s Soul

To be a great leader, you need to remain at the top of your game. Stay fresh by steering clear of these seven soul-sappers:

  1. Hurts and Disappointments – It’s natural to feel let down when goals aren’t met or a member of your team resigns. Seek comfort from those you trust, but remember the situation will pass and move on.
  1. People in General – Have you ever caught yourself saying “I would love my job if I didn’t have to deal with all these people!” Remember, your organization is those people. Grow those relationships to love the whole of your work.
  1. The Pressure to Always Be Right – Admitting when you are wrong and growing from that experience is a great way to lead by example. Your team will see it as a sign of courage and will respect you more in the long run.
  1. Living in Response to Other People’s Expectations or Opinion – Be the best at who you are and people will respond to your confidence and optimism.
  1. A Lack of Discipline – All the characteristics of a great leader will get you nowhere if you can’t manage them. Lead yourself first.
  1. Not Delegating Enough – Bill Owens said, “The leader the leader who tries to do it all is headed for burnout, and in a powerful hurry. Delegation is a sign of trust; let your team rise to meet it.”
  1. Not Enough “Margin” In Your Life – Yes, it’s important to show your devotion to work, but at what cost? Schedule (and keep) time for you.

Have you personally experienced any of these drains on your character? What was the outcome? Share your story in the comments below. I’d love to hear from you.

– Dennis

PS – An executive coach is someone who can help you address these and other leadership drains you may experience. Learn more about how monthly leadership coaching or executive coaching sessions can help you take your skills to the next level.



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