A Juggling Act
Most leaders tell us that it feels as if they have too many demands on their time — people to see, problems to solve, decisions to make. How can managers and leaders exert some control over all these requests for attention and find a better way to lead their teams while avoiding burnout and veering off track. Every leader must balance.

Categorize and Prioritize
One way to achieve a better balance and gain control over the demands that beset leaders is to take a few moments to list the key roles you play and what you are responsible for in each. We see four major areas in which leaders need to perform: at the leader level, at the team level, at the organizational level, and at the personal level. Within each, you have important responsibilities. It’s a question of solving the most urgent, important problems first just as you sort out which area of your life needs you the most at the time.

4 Areas that Every Leader Must Balance

  1. The Personal Level
    There are times for every leader when this area of your life will be very challenging. For instance, if you are responsible for caring for a sick family member or if you are facing a divorce, these issues will sap your emotional strength. Think what you would advise an employee or new manager who is facing such demands — access to workplace support resources, flexible hours, temporarily assigning duties to others, sharing the situation with peers.To be an effective leader, you must first have your personal act together. Draw upon these same ideas to support you through a crisis.
  2. The Leadership Level
    Once you have solidified your personal foundation, the most important question to ask is “Do you feel that have been properly prepared to handle the role of leading others?” Leadership and management are not roles that come easily for most, and they should not be undertaken without preparation and proven management training programs.If you are feeling that this “ball” is the heaviest, you should seek help in the form of developing the skills you feel you lack. Take the time to assess your strengths and weaknesses, network with peers, and enroll in a customized management development program designed to meet your specific needs.
  3. The Team Level
    Leaders know that a healthy team is a high performing team. Maintaining a high performance team can be exhausting unless you develop a healthy culture that allows for open discussion when problems arise, appropriate decision making autonomy, transparency to ensure accountability, and mutual respect and trust among team members that each will do their job.While organizational barriers may create boundaries, there is much you can do as leader to help your team to perform at their peak.  Are you doing what it takes to set your team up for success? Every leader must balance.
  4. The Organizational Level
    Effective leaders help their organizations execute their strategy, manage change, and drive growth. They must manage shifts in strategy, mergers, acquisitions, rapid growth, and unexpected challenges from competitors while keeping their employees engaged.Be clear, inclusive, available, understanding, open to concerns and yet confident in the process. Keep your message simple and straightforward.

The Bottom Line
Most leaders are expected to deal with the sometimes overwhelming demands of the job. Are you taking the time to balance your family and friends, your organization, your team, and your own sense of self-worth?

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