This week, we are going to enter our Emotionally Fit Room so you can see, emotionally, how you are holding up.
Talk about an understatement, that this is in fact a Mental Health Tsunami. I’m not sure about yourself but I know my friends, my family, my clients, and my colleagues, are all talking about this constant roller coaster: one minute they are feeling sad, the next minute overreacting, the next minute they are feeling “OMG I could just cry right now”.
So I want you to know, that the first thing you need to have is AWARENESS (check out The Three A’s in my book The Powerhouse In You). We need to talk about the fact that we have all emotionally been traumatized. We are all grieving, in some way, shape, or form.
We also need to be aware that whatever we haven’t dealt with from our past can be triggered as a result of this trauma.
This makes it even more important that we take ACTION (the third of the Three A’s).
As a leader, it is critical that you take action by making that connection with your people. You need to look face to face into their eyes, whether it is in person or on a screen, and make sure they are in alignment. You need to be sure that when they are telling you that they are fine, that they really are fine because a lot of times, they aren’t.
Right now, people are going off on sick leave, they are performing at a low level because they just don’t have it in them to give any more than that.
It is important as a leader that you are encouraging them to:
- Do some self-care
- Reach out for help
- Take advantage of the EAP program
- Create some online workshops that are going to help them build resiliency
It is so important, that you, as a leader, come from a place of compassion, that you come from love. Now, more than ever is when you need to put your leadership agenda aside and need to understand that everybody is grieving.
And this isn’t just for leaders. It is for everyone.
If you are a team member, you need to remember that your leader is grieving as well. You need to be aware that your leader needs to be on the receiving end of compassion and love. There is nothing wrong with you reaching out to your leader and asking how they are holding up.
All it takes is one gentle act of genuine kindness and compassion to completely turn someone’s day around. How powerful would it be if you could be the catalyst to that change for someone who is struggling?
BE more kind to yourself.
BE more compassionate.
Be more forgiving.
Be more loving.
Remember, you are a Powerhouse.
Wishing you a powerful week.
Resilient Leadership Speaker, Author, Coach & Retreat Facilitator
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