3 Ways to Strengthen Your Leadership through Self-Care
You can’t do it all.
As women leaders and activists, we want to do everything. We want to be able to juggle all of our goals and tasks, engage in every conversation, share our opinions on different topics that matter to us, and be leaders in everything we do. In other words, we want to change the world. However, let’s take a step back and look at everything we want to accomplish and consider the time and energy that it takes.
It’s important to realize you can’t do everything at once. In order to be an effective, positive, and energetic leader, you need to take care of yourself. You need to set limits and engage thoughtfully in acts of self-care. With the proper self-care techniques — and the help of other great leaders — you can change the world and achieve your goals.
Here are three easy ways to take care of yourself so you can be an effective leader.
1. Delegate, delegate, delegate.
Being a leader doesn’t mean that you have to do everything alone! Be sure to make use of your support network when you can. An effective leader knows their team’s strengths and weaknesses. Take your team’s strengths and weaknesses into account as you delegate tasks so that you can challenge them and further their development as leaders. Remember: Teamwork makes the dream work!
2. Never forget your “me time”!
Set aside time every night — or at least once a week — to reflect on your accomplishments and give yourself time to relax. You can’t pour from an empty cup, so do something that makes you happy, gives you energy, and refreshes you. Take a walk, write in a journal, listen to music, take a bubble bath, or do some yoga — anything that lets you detach from your role as a leader and helps you become a stronger version of yourself.
3. Limit your news and social media intake.
It’s natural to want to stay up-to-date with social media and engage in every conversation relevant to your interests. However, constantly engaging with stress-inducing material isn’t truly healthy. We can’t always unplug entirely, but it’s a good idea to set some limits for yourself when it comes to exposure and engagement. Save some energy for productive and effective leadership!
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This post was written by NCCWSL steering committee member Narges Ershad.