#90: (Encore Episode) The Healthcare Leader as a Role Model for Self-Care: Caring for Yourself and Caring for the Team featuring Dr. Jeanne Roode
One of the consistent messages we are hearing from overwhelmed leaders is they want to do more to care for their team, but they are neglecting themselves in the process.
A leader’s well-being doesn’t have to be in competition with caring for the team. You can care for you and your team.
Since this is such a prominent theme in our conversations with leaders today, we thought it would be appropriate to share this encore episode and interview with our dear friend and colleague Dr. Jeanne Roode.
During our interview we discuss the crux tension or polarity of taking care of self and taking care of others. Jeanne shares her four-year journey on the road to sustainable well-being and what she has learned along the way.
Jeanne recognizes that tensions or polarities like these can significantly impact healthcare leaders, especially if they are unaware of them or do not know how to manage them.
From Jeanne’s perspective, 100% commitment to your well-being is not something you wake up one day and decide, it is an evolution. She describes it as, “a number of moments in your life in which you learn and gain wisdom, that come together to one day be enough to push through the barriers.”
Jeanne’s doctoral work focused on the health and well-being of nurses and nurse managers. She studied the self-care practices of nurses and found their lowest scoring areas were nutrition and exercise. In her study, nurse managers had the lowest scores in stress management as well as attending to their own stress and learning more about it. Jeanne has learned what nurses don’t understand, and that is if they don’t attend to their own self-care, and focus on others instead, they are putting everything at risk including attending to others.
Jeanne shares some of the ways she’s found to care for her team while caring for herself is to be a role model, provide appreciation and recognition of their stories, and take interest in their personal and professional success.
Some recommendations for healthcare leaders engaged in day-to-day COVID-19 planning or management is to trust each other to carry the work, encourage self-care, and share stories of what you are doing to take care of yourself.
How you take care of yourself as a leader cannot be hidden. Your valuing of self-care shows in everything you do. You are being watched and whether you are aware of it or not, you are a role model for self-care.
The wisdom Jeanne shares is profound! Listen now!
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