Encore Episode: Self-Care As a Leadership Discipline

Do you ever have enough hours in the day to do all you need to do? If we’re honest, most of us would say no. Work, family, friends, rest, exercise, reading, relationships—something’s got to give. For most of us, that something is self-care.   

The result? We give more and more to work and others, and less and less to ourselves. It’s a recipe for burnout.

But you deserve more than life on a treadmill. And you don’t have to throttle back your dreams to have a balanced life. You can have the double win: win at work and succeed at life! 

In this episode, you’ll hear the three key benefits of prioritizing self-care. And? We’ll give you tips for how to do that. You can finally stop the madness of working more and accomplishing less. You’ll get back your margin, your relationships, your health—yourself.

Inside this episode

  • Why the hustle philosophy is really the hustle fallacy. [5:57]
  • The story of my own brush with burnout and what I learned from it. [6:04]
  • The ambition brake and why it’s not the solution to burnout. [8:22]
  • What self-care means (and doesn’t). [12:20]
  • The best way to boost your energy level. [13:24]
  • How your time management strategy is throttling your growth. [13:51]
  • Why working longer hours won’t make you more successful. [15:21]
  • Why self-care isn’t selfish. [16:18]
  • How taking care of yourself gives you an edge over the competition. [17:35]
  • Science-backed reasons why your lack of sleep is killing your creativity. [18:25]
  • How consistent exercise makes you more confident at work. [19:52]
  • The two kinds of success and how to define them. [22:39]
  • A real-life study of what happens when you work 100-plus hours per week. [24:37]
  • Three simple steps to unlock the benefits of self-care. [27:30]
  • A behind-the-scenes look at how we created this content, including writing Leadercast speech. [32:54]

We know you’ll be inspired to take action after listening to this episode, so here’s your first step: Download our Self-care Starter Kit. This free resource has everything you need to get started on the road to a better future. You can do this!

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Big shout-out to Oliver Evenson, who left a review of Lead to Win on iTunes last week. He wrote, “Michael and Megan have incredible insights and I often feel their content is tailored just for me. . . . Honestly, it’s the only podcast I’m eager to listen to each week.” 

Thanks so much, Oliver. It’s great to hear that we’re making a difference for you. 

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Resources from this episode

The Self-Care Starter Kit
The Busy Leader’s Self-Care Handbook
“The Importance of Play” by Andrew Lott
“The Science of Naps” by Erin Wildermuth
“Self-Care as a Leadership Discipline” slide deck