Stress is hitting everyone hard—at all levels of the organization.
The consistent and rapid changes due to COVID and the related uncertainty about the workplace seem unending. The shortage of people in the labor force has ramped up the challenges. At the same time, the divisions in our culture over vaccinations, race, foreign policy and politics—all being ramped up by social media (and the underlying force of Big Tech AI algorithms) combine to put people on a mental and emotional edge. Gallup’s latest research shows that burnout is now a big concern.
Richard Boyatzis, PhD, and Annie McKee, PhD’s book Resonant Leadership identifies three important attributes –
- Mindfulness. This is about intentionally pausing to gain awareness of self, others, and the world around us. They call this attunement—it positions us so we can become consciously attuned and thus monitor our response (or possibly lack of response) to people and events around us.
- Hope. This is about taking a positive mindset on the situation, choosing a perspective that enables us to envision and work toward a better future. This can provide inspiration that releases hormones that counter the effects of stress.
- Compassion. Caring for self and others and then actually acting upon thoughtful inclinations to connect with them and let them know that we care.
I can’t think of a better way to ramp up and get intentional about having a positive influence on ourselves and others. Burnout is hitting like a spreading wildfire, stress is twisting everyone’s mind, and assaults and suicides are on the rise. Let’s all commit to be intentional, mindfully connecting with our inner self (and our faith), envisioning hope for a better future, and then reaching out to connect with compassion to others. We can win this battle if we are intentionally connecting with the hearts of our people.
Read and watch the entire coaching article on this topic – “3 Leadership Attributes to Get Through Hard Times”