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This Kind of Leader Has a Happier Team

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The deadlines, the pressure, the numbers, the meetings all of it puts you up in your head and disconnects you from your heart. Then, at home, you're still thinking about it, so you're on your phone, responding to more demands. Sound familiar?

It's easy to understand why CEOs struggle with understanding the suffering of others and taking the time to be present with it. Put simply, the ego (the false self) does not care. The trouble with this, of course, is it pushes people away. You may find yourself losing key players and most likely don't get honest feedback about why. This is the vicious cycle caused by a CEO who doesn't appear to care, but deep down, is just deeply disconnected.

It's hard to be compassionate if you're not connected to your body, so the first thing you need to know if you're serious about shifting your leadership style is to start to become aware that you have 18 inches of work to do every day and that's from your head to your heart.

One of my clients, we'll call him Mike, is the CEO of a $30 million-per-year communications company with around 200 employees. He came to me because he was burned out, felt like he wasn't caring about his company anymore, and the relationship with his partner was falling apart. Critical A players were leaving the organization, and he felt stuck.

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