One of the toughest parts of leadership is keeping a steady, sustainable pace. If you are part of a growing organization, you are going to constantly find yourself having to retool how you spend your time. There is always more to do, more people who need you and more responsibilities.
Like anything in life, if you are going too fast you blow right past the warning signs without giving them a second glance. How you respond to warning signs is one of the things that will make or break you as a leader.
Here are a few of mine:
When I don’t want to meet with people that I usually enjoy being around, I know I’m over-committed.
When I come into the office and immediately shut my door, I know that I’m too over-loaded with task to care for my staff appropriately.
When making dinner for my family feels like a huge luxury, I know that I’ve cheated my time at home too much lately.
When I have trouble making simple decisions, I know that my mind hasn’t had space to be rejuvenated.
What are your warning signs?