Are you working in an organization where leaders have abundant energy? Do the leaders in your organization mange their stress effectively?
One of the most powerful questions one can ask oneself is “Am I replenishing my energy to become stress resilient?” Inspiring leaders manage stress and energy well.
Are you fully aware of how you are managing your energy? Are you able to create a high performance workplace by creating a workplace climate where everyone can have time for rest, reflection and renewal?
4 Principles of Energy Management
The following principles from Loehr and Schwartz's excellent book "The Power of full Engagement" can be applied to corporate executives, as well as employees at all levels:
1. Energy has four dimensions: physical, mental, emotional and spiritual. You must draw and maintain it from each domain.
2. Energy is best managed when there’s oscillation between stress and recovery. Stress, in this case, refers to “positive stress,” which allows us to stretch ourselves when using our talents and skills. But it must be balanced with recovery and rest. Unfortunately, most of us don’t know how to do this.
3. Pushing beyond our usual limits heightens our strengths. Building mental, emotional and spiritual capacities is similar to physical training that improves our strength or cardiovascular levels. We must push to move forward and grow.
4. Creating replenishing rituals and stories sustains and expands our energy. This is the key to recuperating and bolstering our reserves so energy is fully available to us.
If you expend too much energy, without getting sufficient rest and recovery, you’re headed for trouble. Life is not a marathon, but a series of sprints. Many of us, nonetheless, are always in a hurry because we think in terms of linear time. As a result, we forget to create quality moments. Racing against the clock and placing incredible demands on our energy reserves presumes we have unlimited resources—definitely a fallacious belief.
Working with a seasoned executive coach trained in emotional intelligence and incorporating leadership assessments such as the Bar-On EQ-i and CPI 260 can help you become a leader who manges energy well. You can become a leader who models emotional intelligence, and who inspires people to become happily engaged with the strategy and vision of the company.