Be prepared for compromises
Not often discussed are the compromises you’ll have to make as a managing director. The role requires a serious level of commitment and dedication which means that, ultimately, there may be parts of your life that will sometimes need to take a backseat.
Going into the role knowing these things will help you prioritise your busy schedule – both in work and in life – planning ahead will also help avoid missed opportunities and disappointment. Not to mention, you’ll be much better equipped to look after yourself properly during the tougher days, mentally and physically.
After all, especially after the pandemic, employee burnout has become more real and recognised, and because of this, it’s important to regularly check-in with yourself and your team to avoid becoming overwhelmed. A few quick tips, include:
- Blocking out time and managing your diary (i.e., setting boundaries)
- Eat a well-balanced meal whenever you can, and get moving on lunch breaks
- Regularly check in with your manager and voice any concerns you’re having
- Getting involved in team activities/initiatives to make friends and build a support system
Now, it goes without saying that everyone works differently, and what works for one leader may not work for another. However, practice – and lots of tiny mistakes – makes perfect, and soon you’ll find a routine and structure that works well for you if you keep this beginner’s guide in mind.
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