Leaders require a customized approach to self-care.
Their capacity and ability has immediate and profound consequences for
the quality of leadership they provide. If you are a leader, your job
is unique. In contrast to those carrying out predefined work, you put
your efforts into shifting the status quo, arousing and inspiring
peers, igniting collective intelligence, and facilitating a coordinated
response from disparate parties, all the while staying in touch with
changing circumstances and shifting tactics to maintain strategy and
achieve results. This high wire act requires a very effective form of
Strong leaders sustain their vision and energy by improving their
health, having fun, pouring their energy into worthy causes, creating
special interactions with their families, having deep relationships
with their partners, pursuing spiritual development, and cultivating
their energy so they can give their best. This is in fact what makes it
possible for them to get change right, challenge after challenge,
rising more than they are pushed down, and prevailing to see results
It’s a tall order for anyone. Those who are at the growing edge of
change know that it requires significant strength and even greater
mental clarity. They dedicate themselves to achieve inner and outer
energy and power so they can rise to meet the demands of their work.
I call this high-spirited, high-performance state WorkLifeSuccess. Success in work is
integrally connected to success in all aspects of life. They are, in
fact, indivisible. Enthusiastic, clear-minded, high-functioning people
deliver inspired leadership. Achieving this state of pervasive
flourishing makes it possible for you to take on major challenges.
Here are thirteen ways of looking at the world, viewpoints if you will,
that effective leaders practice to shape their behavior and responses
to the many unpredictable situations they face as a result of being a
1. I care for myself in all situations, optimizing
every set of circumstances to achieve the best possible environment for
my health and well-being. I actively cultivate my physical, mental, and
2. I care for others, seeking the well-being of all I
can assist. I see myself as part of a larger community.
3. Nature is the foreground in which life is played
out. It is not a backdrop I learn by studying the patterns of nature
and working in accord with them.
4. I see my work as an extension of my life, fully
integrated with my well-being. I recognize that my joie de vivre is a priority that
increases my capacity and effectiveness.
5. I keep things in perspective. I don’t get bent out
of shape by small things. I know what is negotiable and what is not.
Almost everything is negotiable.
6. I recognize the power of my closest relationships,
investing what is required to develop and keep them in balance,
especially those of my inner circle.
7. I participate in the joys and sorrows that are a
natural part of life, giving myself fully to my experience in all
8. I harvest learning from every experience and carry
it with me, applying it wherever it can have positive impact.
9. I work for those things I believe in, dedicating
my life’s energy to goals that sustain my spirit and call out my
10. I know that solutions to challenging issues are
often not obvious and can be effectively solved by wading into the
complexities of the situation, then emerging with resolutions that
provide the best of all available options.
11. I see the challenges of my world as a personal
opportunity to shape the future for the better. I am a force of nature.
12. I recognize that my understanding of the world is
made of mental models and do not confuse them with the world. I am
always learning and adjusting my mental models to grow with the
experience, knowledge, and wisdom I gather.
13. I look at both the parts and the whole,
recognizing that each fragment has its own integrity while at the same
time everything is fundamentally connected and together forms a larger,