Episode 240: In this episode, we are replaying the most popular episode from 2020, which focuses on the importance of taking care of yourself as a leader. Host, David Dye, confesses to not practicing what he preaches and shares his struggles with mental health. He emphasizes the need for leaders to prioritize their emotional, mental, and physical well-being to be effective. David encourages listeners to reflect on their own needs and find ways to invest in their health. Also shared, is a listening technique called “reflect to connect” for leaders to use when supporting their team members who may be struggling. David invites everyone on a journey towards becoming the leader one wants their boss to be.
Sound Advice To Take Care of Yourself As A Leader
00:00: Discussing the episode’s popularity and its focus on maintaining humanity and sanity in leadership.
00:39: Describing the breathtaking winter scene in the Rocky Mountains, emphasizing the beauty and tranquility of nature.
02:08: Expressing the personal joy and soul-filling experience of hiking in winter, despite the cold temperatures.
03:01: Admitting to not practicing self-care as advocated, and the impact of pandemic stress on personal health.
04:25: Emphasizing the importance of various aspects of health for leaders, including the often-neglected emotional and mental health.
05:54: Confessing struggles with melancholy and the importance of managing mental health issues, similar to physical health.
06:20: Encouraging listeners to seek help for serious mental health challenges and the value of talking about feelings.
07:44: Introducing the ‘reflect to connect’ listening technique, helping leaders to understand and empathize with their team’s emotions.
08:48: Inviting listeners to take a moment for introspection, assessing their own health needs, and emphasizing the concept of recreation as self-care.
Closing Remarks: Urging listeners to take small, consistent steps towards self-care and joining the journey towards effective leadership.
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