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Leadership Without
Losing Your Soul

Podcast with David Dye

mental health for leaders

Leaders Prioritizing Mental Health for Organizational Success

by | Feb 16, 2024 | Podcast

Episode 244: In this episode of the Leadership without Losing Your Soul Podcast, our guest, Chinazom Nwabueze, discusses the importance of mental health and its connection to overall wellbeing and performance. He emphasizes the need to prioritize and shares practical tips for maintaining mental fitness, such as filling up one’s emotional energy tank with activities that bring joy, practicing mindfulness, getting enough rest, and setting boundaries. Chinazom also highlights the importance of leaders modeling mental fitness and creating a culture that supports and encourages it. He suggests that leaders take breaks for mental fitness activities and show their teams that mental health is a priority. Overall, the episode emphasizes the need for individuals and organizations to prioritize mental fitness for sustainable high performance.

The Crucial ‘E’ in Mental Health and Leadership

(00:00 – 03:44) This week’s podcast starts by drawing a parallel between mental health and a car’s fuel gauge, stressing the importance of proactively maintaining mental well-being before reaching a breaking point, or ‘E,’ to prevent lasting damage.

Welcome to Chinazom Nwabueze, a leadership coach who aligns mental fitness with sustained high performance, demonstrating the essential role of mental health in effective leadership. Chinazom reflects on his leadership journey, starting from childhood responsibilities to leading a team through the financial crisis, showcasing how mental health awareness can forge stronger teams.

Navigating Crisis with Authenticity

(03:44 – 09:19) In a crisis, Chinazom shares his approach to leadership by being transparent about his fears, which he found to be key in building trust and team resilience. Chinazom defines mental fitness as a comprehensive approach to ensuring that leaders are equipped to handle personal and professional challenges.

Chinazom offers practical tips for leaders to maintain their mental fitness through daily routines, self-awareness, and intentional actions to fill their ’emotional energy tank.’

Cultural Shifts in Conversations

(10:13 – 18:04) They delve into the cultural shifts needed to encourage open discussions on mental fitness, especially for men, to create a supportive environment that can preemptively address mental crises. The conversation advocates for ‘real talk’ among friends and colleagues to create a support network where individuals feel safe discussing these challenges.

Mental Health and Workplace Conflict

(18:38 – 23:00) David shares research findings linking increased workplace conflict to mental health issues post-pandemic, indicating a rise in anxiety and depression among employees.

They discuss the whirlwind of change in recent years, from AI advancements to economic shifts, and the consequent mental health strain on individuals and leaders.

Leadership and Mental Health in the Age of AI

(23:00 – 30:09) The discussion addresses how leaders must acknowledge the rapid pace of technological change and its impact, advocating for adaptability and awareness. Chinazom shares a visual tool to help people monitor their mental fitness, underscoring the daily practices that contribute to overall well-being.

A Leadership Foundation

(30:09  – 39:38) Chinazom advises on the importance of self-care to prevent burnout. They discuss the discipline required to maintain mental fitness, emphasizing the need for leaders to be self-aware and to model mental health practices for their teams.

The podcast concludes with a call to action for leaders to model and promote mental health practices, cementing the idea that sustainable performance is intertwined with well-being.

Thank You To Our Guest –

Connect with Chinazom Nwabueze and get his book at https://linktr.ee/realtalkmentalfitness.

Powerful Phrases 3DIf you’d like more specific, practical phrases and approaches for common sources of workplace conflict, check out our newest book (May 2024—available for pre-order now): Powerful Phrases for Dealing with Workplace Conflict—What to say next to de-stress the workplace, build collaboration, and calm difficult customers.

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David Dye helps human-centered leaders find clarity in uncertainty, drive innovation, and achieve breakthrough results.  He’s the President of Let’s Grow Leaders, an international leadership development and training firm known for practical tools and leadership development programs that stick. He’s the award-winning author of four books including Courageous Cultures: How to Build Teams of Micro-Innovators, Problem Solvers, and Customer Advocates and Powerful Phrases for Dealing with Workplace Conflict, and hosts the popular Leadership without Losing Your Soul podcast. David is a former executive and elected official. David and his wife and business partner, Karin Hurt, are committed to their philanthropic initiative, Winning Wells – building clean water wells for the people of Cambodia.

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