In Part 1 of my thoughts on Leading Well, I spoke about how important it was for leaders to take care of their own health and wellbeing first.
Once we have learned the value of putting our own oxygen mask on first, and invested in our own health and wellbeing, only then are we ready to help others grow. And that’s exactly what true leaders do! We’re here to inspire, engage, connect and grow. It’s NOT about ‘followers’! The role of a leader is to set their team up for success, so now I’d like to take a second look at my 6 Pillars of Wellbeing and how they can apply within a business and leadership context. This time I’m starting in reverse with…
1: Find Your Mojo – Your purpose, vision, mission and values
Do you know WHY you do WHAT you do, and HOW you want to represent your business? And it’s not about words on a website, it’s about genuine meaning. That means connecting head, heart, hands and feet! As Shar would say, what’s your ‘Y’?
2: Breathe Easy – Success has a structure, set up your routines
Just as breathing is an essential routine that sustains us, so too in business. Do you know when you are at your most creative, or the best time to wade through your emails? If you have a team, do you have daily huddles, weekly 1:1 meetings, monthly goal setting sessions? Routines help to set your business and yourself up for success.
3: Eat Nourishingly – Feed your team by keeping them informed
It’s not just WHEN you communicate, but WHAT and HOW that will keep your team engaged. Sure, share the good news – AND share the not so good news. Transparency and truth will always be respected. Don’t let your teams go hungry – they need breakfast, lunch and dinner!!
4: Move Your Body – Don’t let perfect get in the way of progress
So now you’ve got an inspired and engaged team, or have gained clarity on how to structure your own routines, but are you moving forward? In today’s VUCA world (Volatile, Uncertain, Complex and Ambiguous), plans change ALL the time. That’s business! So don’t let perfect get in the way of progress, keep moving. But DO recognise when it’s time to persevere or pivot!
5: Hydrate Often – Keep a thirst for knowledge, be a lifelong learner
As a leader do you have a coach or mentor? Do you read leadership and business books, attend seminars, webinars, conferences, listen to podcasts, watch TED talks…… You get the picture! Leaders never stop learning, because we never know it all. So drink up!
6: Sleep Well – Allow time to rest and recharge
If we don’t stop and celebrate the wins – then what is all the hard work for??? Our own bodies have a cycle of rest every day. What cycle does your business have in place to reflect, recharge and re-energise for the next quest that lies ahead?
Whether you subscribe to the 6 Human Needs as promoted by Tony Robbins, or perhaps align to the PERMA model of Positive Psychology, I believe my 6 Pillars of Wellbeing can help you to create a thriving business where individuals also flourish.
Of course, while these pillars are undoubtedly helpful, there simply isn’t a ‘one size fits all’ solution, because neither leadership or wellbeing are black and white. But maintaining a focus on wellbeing for yourself, your team and your business, will help you to BE well and LEAD well.
So next time you meet up with a friend or colleague and they ask YOU the question “How are you, and how’s your business?” I truly hope you will be able to answer “Really Well Thanks!”
Founder & CEO of Junomojo