We are told to build new habits and routines to be successful.
But often our intentions don’t reward results or we are unsure that they will bring any benefit into our lives. So we give up trying.
Establishing good habits and routines helps us to think with greater clarity and ensure we have resilience to handle those moments of extreme challenge.
But what personal habits do our young leaders do everyday that help them be better leaders?
I find that having a healthy work life balance and ensuring I prioritise my health and wellbeing has worked wonders for my productivity and empathy at work. I find starting the day right with a clear head means I am less likely to stress during the day and am more understanding when situations may not go to plan.
I have begun meditating every morning (I am by no means a pro but I find it helps clear my mind for the day ahead – download the app 10 percent happier if you are interested in guided meditation!)
I also swim, I love being in the pool and zoning out to my own rhythm, again this could be a form of meditation because you are alone, there are no other sounds to distract you from what you are doing and you can focus on yourself for a short time.
– Jamie Langdon, Marketing & Communications Manager, Benevolent Living
I have a post it note routine. When I wake up I write a three word affirmation and stick it to my wall. I then set aside time to meditate for 15 minutes. This helps to set the tone for the day and refreshes my attitude. I see this 15 minute routine as vital to focusing on my wellbeing. It does magic for me in so many ways.
– Eshna Khadka, Operations Manager, Castle Personnel
Keeping in touch with colleagues that you don’t work with often, it helps them feel connected and keeps you aware of what the priorities, pressures and work looks like in areas that you might not be working directly with.
– Georgia Klipic, Communications Officer, Community Services Group
I often find that during/after exercise I will have a more open approach to solving a problem that results in a better outcome. If I had skipped the exercise to try and work through the problem my attempted solution would have been predictable and narrow focussed.
– Paul Forrest, WA RAC State Manager, Plena Healthcare
Something that I have been doing over the past 12 months is catching up with a peer group on a monthly basis. Each catch up a member brings forward a case – something that has been challenging from a work perspective. Once you provide the summary, you become an observer in the conversation as the other discuss their thoughts on the situation and perspective from their own experience. During this practice, everyone learns from each other and can take these learnings to their own business.
– Kaizaad Mehta, National Director Healthcare, Commonwealth Bank
Everyone has space to reflect on how they can improve their day to become a better supporter and leader of change in our sector. What habits help you be a more empathic and strategic leader? We’d love to know!