What if I told you that your ability to lead with integrity is only as good as the management of your stress? It's true!
Consider these questions:
I'm guessing you'd say no to those questions.
However, if you are like most leaders self-care, wellness and your health are often put on the side while you put out fires, juggle crisis and focus on just surviving this meeting, just getting through today, or coping with this busy time.
Keep reading to learn how you can gain the trust of your team and have them judge you as being a leader with integrity.
Leading with Integrity
Remember, the #1 thing people are looking for from their leaders is integrity. They want to know that they can trust their leaders. They want to be able to TRUST YOU!
Stress and Integrity
When our bodies are under incredible stress, which is pretty much every leader, our bodies shut down many of their functions. Things like empathy, compassion and strategic thinking go out the window. Stress causes us to have tunnel vision, focusing only on the tiger in front of us and not the tribe around us. Stress causes us to be nearsighted.
Nope. It's not possible.
What you will be, instead, is what I was when I was overwhelmed with the responsibilities of leadership and not taking care of myself; Bitchy, grumpy, exhausted and anything but motivating, inspiring and in integrity!
Take care of yourself, my dear. You must!
To be a great leader, who leads with integrity, you need to get solid sleep, eat healthily, move your body, restore your spirit and learn to use your breath to calm your body, mind and soul.
It's when you practice self-care, not just at the end of the day, but throughout your work day, that you'll find you can lead with integrity
Living and leading with integrity takes some time and effort on your part. You need to get clear on what you believe, what your values are, and what hill's you'll die on. You'll never do that work to get that clarity when you are just barely getting through your days!
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Women leaders often hit a point where they find themselves in over their heads and wondering if they have what it takes to lead.