Leadership is a blessing, but also a burden. The clock doesn’t stop for leaders—dreams don’t take timeouts and caring for your team isn’t a 9-5 position. Every leader has his or her limits. Know yours, and respect them. You won’t be useful if you’re constantly sick, stressed, and sidelined. Self-care is self-leadership. Designate an hour of your day for fitness—and fight for it. Reserve one day each week for you and your loved ones—they deserve it. And take a vacation—without your cell phone. If you’ve done your job right, your team can operate without you for at least a little while.
“Leave all the afternoon for exercise and recreation, which are as necessary as reading. I will rather say more necessary because health is worth more than learning.”
- Thomas Jefferson, 3rd President of the United States