An apple a day keeps the doctor away. You’ve probably heard that, right? But what about when you really do need a doctor?

You probably tend to brush away your own health issues. It’s fine, you say, or I’ll sleep more tomorrow night. Taking a moment to slow down and protect your health is imperative. You want to ensure that you are the best leader you can be. If you are tired, fatigued, and plain worn out, maybe it’s time to call your doctor.

Science Acknowledges That Sometimes We Are Tired

You may feel that showing fatigue or strain is showing weakness. But it’s actually the opposite. If you can recognise the signs in yourself, you will be more perceptive to those around you. When you openly address your symptoms, your employees will likely be more apt to respond to their own issues, leading to a more productive workforce. And science is on your side.

Fatigue is actually one of the most common reasons that people see a doctor—it’s in the top five. Fatigue can lessen your quality of life, and can even be a warning sign of early disability. One study examined the link between fatigue and mobility issues in males and females. The research found that fatigue may be a risk factor for mobility in middle-aged and older adults, especially males. While more studies are needed to specify the gender-specific results, it’s clear that being fatigued is not good for you (Mueller-Schotte, 2016).

Take The Time To Take Care Of Yourself And Watch Everything Else Fall Into Place

Can you do your best thinking when you are tired? The answer for most of us is no. Safeguarding your health is so incredibly important, and the everyday stresses and routines of life can bring you down. You will be a better leader when you are relaxed and well-rested.

When you are tired and rushing from one meeting to another, or one task to another, you cannot perform at your best. New thoughts will dry up in such an environment, and innovation will slow. When innovation starts to slip, so will drive, and you will start running on autopilot. You’ll be missing out on new ideas, and it will be impossible to maximise your potential.

Tuning Your Biological Machine To Become More Creative

To support your drive, and in turn, your creativity and innovation, you need to run a well-oiled machine. Your body is that biological machine. Feeding yourself nutritious foods, daydreaming, and getting enough rest are just part of the formula. When your employees see that you value your health, they will be more mindful of their own choices.

So, take a step back and really analyse your life. Are you feeling worn down and used up? You can say that you’ll work a little less, sleep a little more, but will you follow through? You wouldn’t hesitate to call your doctor if you broke your ankle, so why would you wait when you are exhausted?

Mueller-Schotte, S., Bleijenberg, N., van der Schouw, Y. T., & Schuurmans, M. J. (2016). Fatigue as a long-term risk factor for limitations in instrumental activities of daily living and/or mobility performance in older adults after 10 years. Clinical Interventions in Aging, 11, 1579–1587.

Originally posted on: 11 January 2018
Last updated on: 12 April 2024

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Scientist, educator, author, speaker, coach, award-winning leadership specialist, filmmaker and creator of the i4 Neuroleader Model & Methodology.

Silvia's scientific background and curiosity about the human brain led her to a decade long journey of research into optimal brain functioning and the application of neuroscience in leadership and daily life. Her past and current roles have uniquely prepared her for the current undertaking, that of leadership activist & change agent.

Silvia Damiano founded The About my Brain Institute in 2009, with the purpose of democratising leadership & neuroscience. She has a passionately held belief, that leaders in our 21st century global economy and their organisations must radically change long-held ideas of what constitutes effective leadership

In her ground-breaking books ‘Leadership is Upside Down’, ‘Brain-Friendly Leadership’ and the 2018 documentary ‘Make Me A Leader’, Silvia provides both compelling evidence and explores the importance of leadership in our personal and professional lives and what it takes to develop the human behind the leader.

Silvia has worked in different countries, across many industries, helping teams and organisations improve business performance. Silvia’s clients have described her as a passionate, dynamic, a highly experienced speaker and master facilitator on the topics of Emotional Intelligence, Cultural Change, Neuroleadership & Engagement.

Silvia is passionate about leaving a legacy of well-rounded leaders who can act and decide in a way that better serves humanity. Her clients include Microsoft, Australian Stock Exchange, NSW Government, VISA, Fuji Xerox and Manpower amongst many other global companies.

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