What do Albert Einstein, John F. Kennedy, Winston Churchill, Arianna Huffington, Bill Gates and Jeff Bezos have in common? Beyond being some of the most well-known country and business leaders, they share the belief that adequate rest and sleep is vital to being able to lead and perform their best.
Sleep positively impacts our human capacities that are most important for leadership effectiveness:
- creative problem-solving,
- interpersonal savvy,
- sound decision-making,
- self-awareness, making connections and inferences
- and higher energy and lower stress
Bottom line…well-rested leaders have better cognitive functions. Who wouldn’t want to work with a leader like that?
Unfortunately, 42% of leaders get fewer than 6 hours of shut-eye a night versus the recommended minimum of 7-8 for optimal repair and performance according to a study by the Center for Creative Leadership.
Organizations need leaders with the skills and capacities to engage others, steer through challenges and manage change and complexity—which is why they provide development opportunities, training, and career experiences. But for leaders to be high performers, on top of their game, and functioning at their very best—consistently—they need sleep, too. Click here for ways to improve your sleep from wellness expert, Andrea Cassell.
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