True self-care is essential for everyone experiencing stress and adversity. Leaders, caregivers, first responders, parents – anyone on whom others depend for direction and support – have a greater responsibility to discern between legitimate avenues for self-care and negative self-indulgence. Attitudes and actions which are primarily self-protective shortcuts to avoid responsibility and personal risk are not self-care. In hard times, leaders must balance issues of safety and risk, becoming creative in order to respond to the needs of the people counting on them. Allowing fear and other negative emotions to contaminate your perspective, hiding out behind rules and restrictions, will cause a leader to fail. In our next podcast, we’ll continue on this theme with tools to help leaders respond courageously and creatively in a crisis.
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