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As a leader how can you prioritize your mental health?

Mental health can be something that many leaders overlook, however it's a vital leadership skill that is a key part of long-term success in an organisation. As a leader, it's critical that you have an sound understanding of your team's mental.

In addition as a leader, it's important to prioritize your mental health in order to effectively lead and make decisions. Some ways to do this include:

  1. Taking regular breaks throughout the day to rest and recharge.

  2. Practicing self-care activities such as exercise, meditation, or therapy.

  3. Setting clear boundaries between work and personal time.

  4. Prioritizing time for hobbies and activities that bring joy and fulfillment.

  5. Building a support system of friends, family, or a therapist.

  6. Being open and honest about your mental health with those around you, and creating a culture where mental health is openly discussed and supported.

It's also important to remember that everyone's needs and coping mechanisms are different, so what works for one person may not work for another. It's important to figure out what works for you and to make self-care a regular part of your routine.

Addressing issues at work proactively when they occur and not letting them fester in one of the key topics my co-author Ken Cameron and I talk about in our 5 Star Amazon book 'I Need To F***ing Talk To You - The Art Of Navigating Difficult Workplace Conversations'

You can now order copies of our book here.

"Sometimes conversations suck, but you need to have them, and this book lays out how. Russell and Ken have put together and road-tested simple, up-front, and thoughtful approaches to awkward and difficult workplace conversations."

Andrew Phung, CBC's Kim's Convenience

To find some great tips on how to structure difficult workplace conversations why not check out this previous blog post 'Use the B.E.E.F Model to Correct Employee Behaviour'

Or check out our online course

In conclusion, dealing with difficult personalities can be a challenging task, but it is possible to manage and even thrive in a work environment with difficult personalities. By understanding the behavior, setting clear boundaries, focusing on what you can control, using active listening skills and taking care of yourself, you can create a more positive and productive work environment for yourself and your team.

I hope you found this blog useful. As you continue your leadership journey, don't forget that here at Bluegem Learning we are always here to assist you.

If you'd like to hear more from business leaders about handing difficult workplace conversations, check out our podcast here, new episodes bi-weekly ...

Well that's it for this week. I hope you enjoyed the blog and I'll be back soon with more, until then ... be a leader not just a boss!


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