How to be a leader that inspires well-being
Perception is projection. Our beliefs shape our reality. As a leader, when you share a vision for your team’s power and intellect, it encourages wholeness. Your energy allows them to believe in themselves even when they can't feel it, see it or hear it. This leads to happy, healthy and engaged colleagues. Your actions and your words can remind them who they truly are and how they contribute to the greater good.
One of the best predictors of health and well-being amongst your team is their perception of you. Do you portray healthy habits? Do you participate in the well-being offerings? Are you genuine in your support of programs? Do you really care? A boss who shows active gratitude and creates a space for "real talk"- well, that's who I am going to believe really wants me to succeed at work, at home, and as part of my community.
As a well-being leader, when you witness your team and the situations they are in from a place of compassion, gratitude, and trust, you can change the entire energy of any crisis. More importantly, you let your team know that you care about them as people, not just how they impact the bottom line. This type of leadership has to start with your own well-being. As a leader, you have to believe that same trust, compassion, and grace is worthy of you! That you too are worth taking care of. That high stress and chaos are not the norm.
In your position, you have the opportunity to show others how to do a better job at radical self-care. By building well-being into your schedule, leaders and managers actually help safeguard the future success of their organization, not to mention the health of all those who work for them. Your team looks at your actions, more than your words. If you're merely providing "lip service" to wellness by sending an encouraging email, but not participating yourself, the support and encouragement can ring hollow. Your own self-care is one of the best motivators of the success of your well-being program. Saying it another way, the way you treat yourself is good for your team, your clients and the bottom line.
When you combine genuine leadership with promoting well-being, the message becomes consistent. You are important, your health matters and we all care about each other to help each other do the right thing.