7 Thoughts on Avoiding Burnout

A Constant Threat for Busy Leaders

I have the privilege of working with some high production leaders. They work long, they work hard and they work smart. They get the job done and they get results. In the end, bearing much fruit that lasts is the mission and the litmus test of great leadership. While I may not be as productive and fruitful as some of the people I admire, I am certainly in their group when it comes to working long and hard and with passion.

Such leaders always face the serious threat of BURNOUT.
The work is never finished.
There is always more to do.
There is always improvement that is needed.
There are always new opportunities.

That is the way of life and leaders are those who accept the challenges and responsibilities that go with it.

Therefore, we need both a short term and a long haul perspective that will help us create margins, balance, times of rest and recovery and time to sharpen the saw (Stephen Covey). Christian leaders, in particular, need powerful and generative spiritual rhythms and a devotional regula that consistently brings them in contact with the wellsprings of life, love, wisdom and strength that are to be found in Christ.

As I do that, I am wide open to getting useful ideas from any source that has them to offer. I enjoyed a recent article in Fast Company on avoiding burnout.

Here are seven good thoughts on avoiding burnout that are collected from a variety of very successful, busy, productive leaders.

My prayer for all of my friends who lead is that we will take care not to burnout.
Buttom Line: If we don't take care of taking care of our selves - no one else will. Even where organizations say they value balance and rest - their bottom line usually defaults to - is the job going to be done on time and to the standard expected? If not - what can be done to make it so?

Brian K. Rice
Leadership ConneXtions International