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5 Tips to Help Leaders Avoid Overwhelm
December 15, 2022 | Category: Blog, Intelligent Leadership
Leadership is stressful. As your business grows and you assume more responsibilities, the stress can become overwhelming. Leadership coaching can help you devise strategies to deal with these feelings. To be successful as a leader, you must find ways to scale your organization and leadership.
Business leaders have a lot on their plates. As their organizations grow, they tend to assume more responsibilities. Unless they learn to scale their businesses and their approaches to leadership, they risk being overwhelmed by the tide of responsibilities that can grow exponentially larger. No one can assume a limitless amount of responsibility.
Leaders either learn to manage their responsibilities better or get burnt out and drown in the flood.
As your business grows, so do your responsibilities.
Business coaching specialists know the pains of growth and the importance of scaling. Scaling is the solution to the flood of responsibilities on both organizational and personal levels. Leaders can adopt personal scaling strategies that help them cope with growth and overwhelm. Leadership coaching can help them identify and develop such strategies.
Here’s a look at some strategies to help you manage overwhelm:
1. Take Care of Yourself
Leadership coaching sees the concept of self-care as central to healthy, sustainable, intelligent leadership. Leaders who neglect this side of the leadership equation rob themselves of basic tools they’ll need to develop and sustain their leadership competencies.
In the context of leadership, learning to unwind is an essential skill. Leaders are often gradually sucked in by their work and give up more of their free time to handle responsibilities. Time, the ultimate resource, is limited, however. There’s only so much of it you can reallocate, and giving up all your personal time is a bad idea.
The time you spend with your family or for yourself in whatever capacity is never wasted time. It fulfills an essential role, and it’s not something you should see as a resource you can invest in something else.
If you find yourself under constant stress about your work, you’re close to burning out. Winding down can help you manage stress and view your work from a different perspective.
2. Learn to Delegate
Executive coaching considers the ability to delegate essential to successful personal and organizational scaling. By handing responsibilities to others, leaders can hit two birds with one stone.
Delegation can free up their time to focus on more important matters, but it can also empower those to whom responsibilities are delegated to. Empowerment is one of the cornerstones of employee engagement and workforce retention.
Employee empowerment is the key to meaningful engagement.
How do you determine what to delegate? You can set an hourly rate for yourself and determine whether a task fits this rate. If it doesn’t, give it to someone else. If it does, it’s worth the time you’ll give it. If you understand your organizational and personal priorities, you shouldn’t have problems determining what to delegate.
3. Turn the Tables on Stress
Stress has power over you, and its effects are overwhelmingly negative. Executive coaching can help you harness the power of stress for good.
Much of the control this negative psychological phenomenon has over us stems from our fear of it. If you don’t let it intimidate you, you deny its power. You can turn around whatever it has left by using it to motivate yourself and by rising to the occasion.
4. Get Your Priorities Straight
Focusing on the most important tasks and working your way down is the best way to lend your leadership efforts to structure and efficiency.
Responsibilities are the debts you assume towards your organization and employees. Dealing with them as you would with financial debts makes perfect sense.
The avalanche debt payoff strategy focuses on paying off accounts with the highest interest. This strategy also works well with responsibilities.
5. Gain Perspective
Leaders may bury themselves in work and responsibilities to a point where they see no way out of their situations. By stopping and reassessing their work, they gain a bird’s eye perspective on what they’re dealing with.
They understand how and where they could change. When you change how you look at things, the things you look at begin to adapt.
Dealing with overwhelm is an essential leadership skill. Develop this ability with the help of leadership coaching and take your power to the next level.