3 Ways to Avoid Leadership Burnout

Being a leader is a rewarding experience, but it can also be overwhelming. It is easy to come into a new leadership position ready to take on the world, but after a few months you might feel like you are no longer making a difference. As a leader making the tough decisions it is easy to feel isolated and exhausted - signs of a leadership burnout. Symptoms of leadership burnout can include low productivity, emotional fatigue and interpersonal problems. Burnout can happen to anyone, but a few proactive steps can keep burnout from happening to you.  

1) Develop a support network. Everyone's network will look a bit different, but you might want to include the following types of people:  

  • Someone you can delegate a few of your activities and duties. Find a sister or co-leader you know will get things done. Leaders shouldn't be afraid to ask for help and having someone reliable makes delegating that much easier.
  • Someone to remind you to take step back. Maybe it is a good friend, family member or a significant other. Everyone needs someone who isn't afraid to tell you when you are pushing yourself too hard. We don't always recognize when we are into a project too deep, but find someone who will.
  • Someone to remind you to take step back. Maybe it is a good friend, family member or a significant other. Everyone needs someone who isn't afraid to tell you when you are pushing yourself too hard. We don't always recognize when we are into a project too deep, but find someone who will.
2) Stay healthy. As a leader with a lot on your plate it can be easy to forget to take care of yourself. People get burned out faster when they eat poorly, skip workouts and lose sleep. One of the best ways to stay motivated and keep your energy high is to make sure that you maintain a healthy lifestyle. A busy schedule means you might have to get creative in order to stay healthy. Sign up for a PE credit so you are required to attend yoga or boot camp to get a passing grade, keep healthy snacks in your room or office or invest in a sound machine so that you can block out noise while trying to get a good night's sleep.  
 
3) Celebrate! Leaders are often so concerned with helping their team or chapter reach their goals that they forget to be happy for their own accomplishments. Remember to reward your hard work. Write all of the things you have achieved over the last month, semester or year. You probably have accomplished more than you realize. Don't be afraid to share your success with your sisters, friends or family. They probably recognize your hard work more than you do and are happy help you celebrate your victories!