Escaping the Tyranny of Busyness: Cultivating True Leadership and Balance

04 May 2024

Escaping the Tyranny of Busyness: Cultivating True Leadership and Balance

Ever caught yourself trapped in the ‘tyranny of the urgent’ – running from pillar to post, day in and out, completely exhausting yourself?

“I am very busy today’, which runs into weeks and then months, and before you know it, the year has passed…

‘I have to do everything by myself,’ we hear them complain.

‘I don’t have anyone capable of supporting me,’ ‘time flies very fast,’ and worse, ‘I could not give time to those who wanted it the most.’

With due respect, to me, this is a sign of a lazy intellect that does not take quiet time out to reflect on their top priorities, i.e., developing themselves holistically, forging strong relationships & developing others through mentoring and coaching.

Don’t get me wrong, these people might be doing phenomenally well in their work/business; alas, they burn themselves out, not realizing that balance is not something we find but something we create.

One lesson that leaders can extract from this is that they are instrumental in developing more leaders and not followers.

Additionally, they are not simply trying to clone and create leaders ‘like themselves,’ but are genuinely supporting their people to understand, believe, and develop their uniqueness and mastery.

A truly transformational leader is someone who supports the transformation of their people from ordinary and mediocre to extraordinary and excellent. Their intellect is engaged in discovery, development, and delegation.

It is indeed easy to get caught up in the whirlwind of busyness.
We often wear our packed schedules like badges of honour, equating productivity with worth.

But in reality, being constantly busy can be a form of laziness, a refusal to prioritize, delegate, or take a step back to assess what truly matters.

In the fast-paced world, it is crucial to recognize that true productivity is not about how much we can cram into a day, but rather about how effectively we can achieve our goals while maintaining our well-being and nurturing meaningful connections with others.

So, next time you find yourself overwhelmed with busyness, take a moment to pause and reflect.

Are you truly being productive, or are you just busy for the sake of being busy?

Remember, balance is key, and true leadership lies not in busyness, but in the thoughtful cultivation of oneself and others.

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