You know that you should have boundaries, but why are they so critical, and how do you go about setting them? And what do boundaries have to do with healthy relationships and effective leadership?
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In this episode of the Healthy Relationships series, I share why boundaries are critical to effective leadership. I also discuss what boundaries look like in real life, and how to practically set them. If you’ve struggled with setting boundaries in the past OR if you feel like defining them seems restrictive, you won’t want to miss today’s episode.Without healthy boundaries, we can’t have healthy relationships and we can’t have sustainable leadership.Click To Tweet
What are boundaries?
Boundaries are simply a way of dividing our life from someone else’s life. They help us determine what belongs to us and what belongs to someone else. We need boundaries with our self, others, and our schedule.
Why do we need them?
There are three reasons we need boundaries:
1. Boundaries sustain us. They keep us from burnout.
2. They protect our relationships. Without boundaries we do things without a thought about how they impact those around us.
3. Boundaries bring freedom. When you take into account your personality, preferences, and what you want your life to look like, it creates freedom to do what is most important to you.We’ve become a culture obsessed with immediate responses.Click To Tweet
How do we practically set boundaries?
- Start with your priorities. What is the most important to you? For me, it’s my family, faith, and work. Take time to think through and use the PowerSheets* tool for extra help.
- Look at your calendar. Does it reflect your top priorities?
- Turn off the notifications on your phone. Want 23 ways to create boundaries? Start here.
Want more best practices?
- Set work hours and only work during those work hours.
- On your voicemail, state your work hours so people will know when you’ll get back in touch with them.
- Remember that you don’t have to respond as soon as someone reaches out to you. Email, texts, and calls CAN wait.
- Set expectations with your team from the start: how you structure your time and when you’ll get back with people.
In order to have healthy relationships, we need to set boundaries. As a leaders, you’re the example to your team of what it looks like to set boundaries.
Leaders Are Learners:
Essentialism* by Greg Mckeown
Other Episodes Mentioned:
- Episode 18: Navigating Marriage and Leadership
- Episode 5: Designing a Life You Love with Lilah Higgins
- Episode 19: The Value of Mentoring with Elisa Pulliam
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