How to address Leadership burnout
As we approach the middle of the year, the phones have been running hot in the Network office and it is easy to pick up on the stress levels of some Directors/Co-ordinators….. Working in OOSH can be highly stressful and being aware of burnout is the first step to rejuvenation. Taking action is the second.
The following tips might help avoid potential burnout…
Develop support systems. Get to know other OOSH Director/Co-ordinators at nearby services. There is a lot to be said for having people around you who understand the stresses and strains of your work.
Attend your regional group meetings – there is lots happening across the state and if there isn’t one in your area – maybe Network can assist you to establish one. These are critical for peer support, and has many other benefits, including sharing ideas and resources.A problem shared is a problem halved!
Schedule some time each week to catch up on reading; this is vital for currency and leading a team effectively. They are looking to you for guidance and support. It is not very pleasant working with a leader on the verge of a meltdown.
Ensure you attend and adequately budget for professional development. Try to attend at least one conference every year. This can be motivational and provide time for reflection and professional growth.
Rest – Don’t underestimate the importance of a healthy diet, exercise and relaxation!
Be aware: No-one is immune to BURNOUT