People tend to follow those who model the behaviours and attitudes they value. Having healthy habits that keep us feeling our best is an important factor in managing stress, and being a role model for those around us. As we mentioned earlier, consistency in the energy and communication style leaders use is a major factor in establishing trust with those around us. Leaders shape and represent the organizational values, accepted behaviours, and influence employee health and well-being (Klug et al., 2019).
“Moreover, leaders themselves experience stressors at work, such as a high workload, multitasking or frequent interruptions (Cavanaugh et al., 2000; Knudsen et al., 2009), and thus affect their followers via crossover of their own strain (Li et al., 2016). Finally, leaders serve as role models showing more or less healthy work behavior which is emulated by followers (Kelloway and Barling, 2010). Overall, a large body of research supports a substantial association between leadership and employee well-being (Kuoppala et al., 2008; Skakon et al., 2010; Montano et al., 2017).”(Klug et al., 2019).
Task: What healthy habit have you been thinking about implementing in your life? Do you drink enough water, eat enough green stuff, get enough sleep, exercise, etc? It’s time to get started on ONE of your desired healthy habits.
Chose ONE habit you would like to implement, something that will be simple to implement. Ex. Drink one glass of water in the morning before having a cup of coffee. This will be different for everyone, so choose something that is right for you.
Now, tell someone you care about that you are going to be taking on this new habit and need some accountability. Ask them to check-in and see how you are doing once in a while.
Now it’s time to get started. Mark a calendar and commit to a period of time to work on building the habit. There are no failures, only learning opportunities. If you miss a day, start over again the next. Habits can take a lot longer to implement than most think, somewhere between 60-90 days is what is often required before a habit becomes solidified.
Now it’s time to start, decide on your habit, mark your calendar, ask an accountability buddy to help you stay on track and GO. You can start tomorrow morning if you choose, but get the habit clarified and ask for help TODAY.
*you can use the habit tracking worksheet attached at the top of the page to help you celebrate your wins and stay on track.
Klug, K., Felfe, J., & Krick, A. (2019). Caring for Oneself or for Others? How Consistent and Inconsistent Profiles of Health-Oriented Leadership Are Related to Follower Strain and Health. Frontiers in psychology, 10, 2456. https://doi.org/10.3389/fpsyg.2019.02456