How Leaders Can Sustain Balance Through Self-Care

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Cathy Bennett

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Being a leader requires a reserve of insightful awareness and foresight and this reserve comes from the practice of self- care. Unfortunately, while many leaders understand this implicitly, they do not practice it, so their leadership suffers. This show will discuss themes based on the stories of shamans, which provide evidence that these shamans practiced both servant-leadership and self-care as preparation for care of others. While the shamans typically did not identify themselves as leaders, they still described leadership roles they participated in and used terms such as being “conduits” for the work of leadership. They all described responding to “a call” to facilitate the healing of others based on discerning the needs of the other. Join me and my guest, Dr. Merry Jo DeMarias, as we discuss how Servant Leadership and the shamanic tradition share the valuable insight of the need for self-care.