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Leading On Empty: How Leaders Drive Their People To Burnout

Source | www.forbes.com | Tony Schwartz and Emily Pines

So here’s the dilemma: you’re a CEO, a senior leader, or a high-level manager at a large company.  You know that a significant percentage of your employees are feeling overworked, overwhelmed, exhausted, and less than fully engaged. You agree, philosophically, that when people take care of themselves, they feel better, and maybe even work better.  That’s why you spend money on wellness programs.

But deep down, you also believe that working harder and longer than everyone else is what made you successful, and in a disrupted, intensely demanding, fiercely competitive world, that’s honestly what you think it takes.

So where’s the disconnect?

The answer is mindset – the often unconscious beliefs and assumptions that leaders evolve based on the corporate cultures they grew up in, what worked in their own careers, and what felt true as a result. “More, bigger, faster is better” has been the mantra of free-market capitalism ever since the Industrial Revolution.  As recently as 1973, the average American worked 1,679 hours per year. In 2015, that number reached 1811 hours. That’s the equivalent of more than three extra weeks of work a year. The result is an epidemic of overload, overwhelm, and burnout among employees at all levels in companies around the world.

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