Burnout and the leader

Two of the major causes of burnout for people in leadership are (1) when the leader takes on more than they should or (2) fails to hand over aspects of what they do to others.

This second aspect of burnout is not just detrimental to the growth of the future leader but to the leader themselves, and to the organization they lead.

Great things may have been expected of the leader in the past but when they have done all that they can it is time to hand it over to someone else, who if resourced correctly will grow and be bigger and/or better than the original leader.

This handing over does not diminish the first leader but rather is a way of moving from success to significance.

It is important for the new leaders to be free enough to be able to make mistakes on the way, without the thought or worry of having the authority taken away from them. Micro managing of subordinates will stifle any creativity they may have. It is this creativity that will cause organic change and growth within the organisation.

Paul S Allen

About Paul S Allen

Kiwi singer-songwriter based in Dunedin, New Zealand. Musician (Guitar, Bass, Ukulele, Mandolin, Keyboard); Photographer; Poet; Thinker. I have food allergies so ask when you invite me for dinner. Lumen accipe et imperti. (receive the light and pass it on) Email me: paulusthebrit@hotmail.com

Posted on 06/12/2009, in Business Development, Church, Faith and Personal Development, Leadership and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

  1. Veronique Chiou

    Great post mate! Where’s the subscribe button? Haha

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