Guilt. What does this have to do with leadership? And why would a leadership coach be writing about it?
It must have something to do with leadership, because in my coaching I run into many leaders who struggle with it. One of the biggest areas of struggle seems to be the guilt associated with taking the time for self.
What makes it hard for some leaders to take time out for self? First of all there’s selfishness. That’s how some classify it when thinking about doing something for themselves.
Selfish is when we ‘take’ something for self at the cost of someone else. This is not the intent in taking the time a leader needs for continued freshness, creativity, and general effectiveness. The time for these things is selfless. It’s taking the time to make self better for those we serve and lead.
And then there’s busyness …. (Part 2).