Mental health in the context of leadership means how the leader is stretching their intellectual capacity such as problem solving, decision making, and expanding your horizons. Mental health is made up of three major components: intellectual curiosity, continual learning and growing, and creativity. These three components allow leaders to explore new ways of operating, refine their thinking, and enhance their capacity to lead by staying ahead of the curve. So what specifically can leaders to do increase their mental health and wellbeing?
Intellectual curiosity - being curious and with a learner's mindset. If a leader sees a problem then they can become more curious to figure out how to solve it. They can also ask others their opinions, perhaps read about the situation, and/or do some research to enhance their problem solving abilities.
Continual learning and growing - this is even when there is no problem, continually being adaptive in your mindset, being open to new ideas, taking training classes, reading current events and/or books, and being open to continually growing the mental capacity. As a leader does this it models to others the need for leaning and growing as well.
Creativity - being open to tapping the creative powers enhances and relaxes the mind to allow it to be much more open, vulnerable, adaptive, and flexible. Through this leaders can think outside of the box, develop new ways of operating, and enhance their openness to new ideas.
What can you do to increase your mental health as a leader?
Monica Thakrar has over 18 years experience in business focused mainly on strategy, change management, leadership development, training and coaching resulting in successful implementations of large scale transformation programs.