Leaders are not just figureheads; they are the driving force behind innovation, productivity, and employee morale. Yet, too often, the weight of responsibility can take its toll. 8 in 10 leaders are burnt out, with 75% of leaders contemplating leaving their current role. 4 in 10 leaders don’t have time for their own wellbeing. This article will explore strategies to bolster leadership wellbeing and enhance organisational success. 

Understanding the Burden of Leadership 

Leadership is a demanding role that comes with its unique set of challenges. From making tough decisions to managing diverse teams, the pressure can be overwhelming. According to a recent study published in the Harvard Business Review, over 60% of leaders report experiencing high levels of stress on a regular basis. This stress not only impacts their mental and physical health but also affects their ability to lead effectively. 

To support your leaders, it’s essential to acknowledge the weight they carry and provide them with the resources they need to thrive. After all, if your leaders aren’t looking after themselves, how can they support their teams? This may include offering leadership development programs, providing access to coaching and mentorship, and promoting a culture of open communication and feedback. 

Prioritising Leadership Wellbeing 

Make supporting your leaders a business priority. Leadership wellbeing is not just a personal matter; it has a direct impact on organisational performance. Research conducted by Gallup found that teams led by engaged and healthy leaders are 21% more profitable and 17% more productive than those led by disengaged leaders. 

Investing in leadership wellbeing pays dividends in terms of employee engagement, retention, and overall business success. Encourage your leaders to prioritise self-care, maintain a healthy work-life balance, and seek support when needed. By fostering a culture of wellbeing at the top, you create a ripple effect that benefits the entire organisation. 

Building Resilient Leaders 

Resilience isn’t just about bouncing back from setbacks; it’s also about maintaining mental and emotional wellbeing in the face of challenges. Mental health plays a crucial role in developing resilience in leaders.  

Providing mental health support for your leaders is essential for building resilience and promoting overall wellbeing. This can include offering access to counselling services, promoting mindfulness and stress-management techniques, and creating a culture where it’s okay to ask for help when needed. By prioritising mental health, you not only support your leaders’ ability to thrive but also create a more resilient and adaptive organisation. 

Fostering Social Connections for Leaders 

Leadership can be a lonely journey, but it doesn’t have to be. Building strong social connections is essential for leaders to thrive personally and professionally. Leaders with strong social networks are more effective communicators, better problem-solvers, and more resilient in the face of adversity. 

Encourage your leaders to connect with peers, mentors, and industry networks both inside and outside the organisation. Provide opportunities for team building and peer support groups. By fostering a sense of belonging and camaraderie, you not only support your leaders’ wellbeing but also strengthen the fabric of your organisation. 

Supporting your leaders isn’t just the right thing to do; it’s essential for the success of your organisation. By understanding the unique challenges they face and providing them with the resources and support they need, you can help them thrive personally and professionally.  

Better Being’s High Performance leadership program is a 12-week group activity-based program that is designed to elevate the health and performance of individuals. Based on the PERMA4+ model, this program equips your leaders with the tools and resources they need to perform at their best. Find out more about the High Performance program here.