How to Remain Effective as a Team Leader Without Getting Burned Out?
The task of coordinating team members with different mindsets is an enormous hustle. Especially addressing their “things to improve on”, providing updated instructions, and keeping them always motivated can absorb the soul out of a team leader and burn her/him out. But team leaders should never risk themselves being burned out. It will impact the overall team effort and productivity. To prevent it, as a team leader, you must first know the source of professional fatigue and deal with it.
Critical Symptoms of Stress
Symptoms are not the source of your problem. But they demonstrate the nature of a situation you are going through. Find out if you are feeling unstoppable pressure managing your community or team, stress out of running constant communication, and emotional distress for pushing yourself to make everything in place. You might also experience a drain in your energy level from trying too much to engage your community members.
You might also find yourself not responding to your team members properly or not answering their queries in time. These all are the symptoms that your work has gone beyond the fair line of stress. You are suffering from fatigue, and further continuing on the routine will lead you to a complete burnout soon.
Salvation: Being Effective without Getting Burned Out
Now let's talk about how to pave a comparatively smoother path to walk on as a team leader. But first, sort out how do you feel and why you are feeling it. In most cases, leaders lose their will of work for four reasons-
- Being accessible to their teams 24/7
- Struggling with the communication process
- Doing excessive overtime
- Losing interest in the work
Sounding familiar? Lets’ learn how to get rid of these feelings and get your inner leader back to its most energetic condition:
Take a Break
It’s as simple as it sounds. It’s not surprising that working relentlessly will surely take you to your point break. You will notice the symptoms highlighting higher stress levels. To deal with it, you should prioritize taking short breaks. When I said break and this means avoid multitasking when you are taking your lunch or on a coffee break. Spend ten to twenty minutes doing or thinking about nothing, try meditation. I do it when I feel like my brain is exhausted from too much thinking of a lot of things . You can think of the break as wasted time. But it’s actually the opposite. The peace and refreshment a break can give you will speed up your work at hand. Also, they will save you from running out of energy in the long run.
Implement what Suits You the Most
This tip is particularly for leaders without a suitable communication funnel. Thanks to technology, communicating is not bound in a certain channel these days. You can use email, different chat boxes, video conferencing tools, or phones to communicate with your members. But not all these media will work for everyone. Because each of them has a particular way of conveying messages. For instance, communication through email is much more suitable when you are not expecting a quick response. Using a chat box is suitable for conveying short messages, but they demand instant response. Choose your standard of communication for your team wisely.
Take Care of Your Personal Life
It's an interesting one. Team leaders often can't get out of their professional brains, even in their non-professional times. It often happens that we are spending our free time worrying over the next meeting or the progress of a task. It amplifies your stress level and makes you tired even when you are not working physically. To break this habit, you should spend this time with your families and friends. Or put some share of it into mindfulness practice or physical exercising.
Focus on Your Vision
Just recall how happy you were when you first got to community or managed to find the first member of your team. Just revisit the thrill you felt when you realized that you were on a journey with a meaningful vision. It will help you pass the period when you think that you have seen and had enough. Utter yourself the thoughts that inspired you to play this role. You are a leader. The idea itself is an interesting and exciting one. Don’t lose your grip on it.
The feeling of burning out can be so overwhelming for a leader that it might make her/him leave the position and responsibility. Many team leaders choose to keep their heads down and keep hustling to fight back the feeling, only to get into a worse situation. Taking a step back and getting a short shelter can be more effective in such times. This will help you be more effective to your team and community.
I hope this article will help you stay motivated as a leader as I am trying my best to be one. This blog will be my go-to reminder on how I can remain effective as a leader of my community.
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