The importance of knowing yourself might not be obvious from first sight, but a huge part of being a good leader depends on how well we are able to deal with ourselves.
For example, statistics show that 75% of employees leave managers – not the job, not the company. You as a leader need to create the culture that everyone wants to be involved in, with healthy leadership and people wanting to stay in the company and contribute. Finding, developing, and retaining great talent is a costly process, so it’s a shame to lose your people simply because their leadership needs were not met within your organization. To build a healthy, thriving culture, start with yourself and dig deeper into yourself. Ask: How can I be less stressed? How can I be articulate and therefore help others? How can I work on my leadership skills so that I can communicate the organization’s needs and my expectations and show people where we are going?
By working on yourself and discovering yourself better, you start understanding how you react to different situations, what to expect, and are there ways to make everyone’s life around you including your own better. That positively affects the mental health and the well-being of your employees. And not only does it save your money for hiring and sick leave, it also can save lives – according to the American Institute of Stress, around 120,000 people die annually as a direct result of work-related stress.
If you don’t know yourself, if you don’t know what’s going on within your, it’s difficult for you to be fully present for your people when it’s time to serve them as their leader. Your to-do list grows because instead of working on things that matter to you, you have to deal with other people’s problems. You get into firefighter mode, and even though a lot gets done every day, you have that feeling of dissatisfaction and misalignment. You get a busy, ultimately bitter kind of manager that people want to leave.
However, if you’re spending the time to know what’s going on in you, you get the power to actually act instead of reacting, you get the tools and the insights that you need to become the proactive leader that you want to be. You can get back into your zone of genius by having space and time in your day to look inwards, to see what’s working for you. You have to be honest with yourself, address the problems to show people around you that it’s okay to fail, and follow the suggestions you give others.
One of the things that might help to get to know yourself better is daily journaling. Spend just a few minutes every day asking yourself questions about what fulfills you and what stresses you out, read it again and try to change something a bit next time you face a similar situation, and in a few weeks, you will see that there will be fewer bullet points on the stress side and more on the satisfaction side.
If you want to hear more about the guests that will attend my show in the next few weeks and other important tips on how to get to know yourself better, listen to the most recent episode of the Genius Leadership podcast here.
Stay tuned and be genius!