In the fast-paced world of senior leadership, it’s important to be mentally healthy. Leaders have a lot of responsibility, and they need to be able to make good decisions and manage their team’s well-being. 

But it’s not always easy to do all that. Sometimes, leaders can get stressed or overwhelmed. If they don’t take care of their mental health, it can lead to problems.

What is psychological wellness?

Psychological wellness is not just being happy. It’s about being aware of yourself, understanding your emotions, and being able to cope with stress. It’s also about having a good balance between work and life.

Benefits of psychological wellness

1. Better decision-making

Mental well-being sharpens critical thinking, enabling the capacity to analyze situations and make informed decisions.

2. More motivation

A sense of purpose and fulfillment is fostered by mental well-being along with resilience and perseverance. 

3. Better relationships

Emotional intelligence is strengthened leading to increased empathy and understanding in relationships.

4. More productivity

Good mental health enhances time management and task prioritization fostering work efficiency and productivity.

Here are a few practices for developing psychological wellness:

To be well leaders can adopt a few practices: 

1. Understand themselves

Effective leadership starts with self-awareness. Leaders must understand their strengths, so they can leverage them to inspire and guide their team.

Understanding their triggers and stressors enables leaders to maintain composure during challenging situations and make rational decisions. Recognizing what brings them happiness fosters a positive work environment and enhances their ability to motivate others.

A useful resource to download: The Self-mastery Ebook

2. Manage emotions

Emotions can impact decision-making and team dynamics. Leaders who can control their emotions are better equipped to handle conflicts and crises with a level head.

Learning effective calming techniques, such as mindfulness allows them to respond thoughtfully rather than react impulsively. This emotional intelligence helps leaders build trust and respect among their team members.

Download my centering practice to calm yourself here.

3. Be resilient

Resilient leaders view setbacks as learning opportunities rather than personal defeats. Analyzing mistakes and understanding their root causes enables them to make informed adjustments and improvements. By demonstrating resilience, leaders inspire their team to embrace challenges and maintain a positive attitude even in difficult times.

4. Find a work-life balance

Leaders often face tremendous work demands, but neglecting personal well-being can lead to burnout and decreased effectiveness. Setting boundaries between work and personal life allows leaders to recharge and maintain their energy levels. Sometimes resetting could be the solution.

A balanced leader is more focused, creative, and capable of making better decisions.

5. Take care of health

Leaders must prioritize their health to lead effectively. Getting sufficient rest ensures that leaders can maintain mental clarity and emotional stability.

Taking care of their health sets an example for the team, promoting a culture of wellness and productivity within the organization. Hear me speak more about rest and renewal in this video.

10 Ideas to begin this week to improve your psychological wellness, leaders!

  1. Take time for self-reflection: Make time each day to reflect on your thoughts and feelings.  Journaling is an effective option.
  2. Build supportive relationships: Surround yourself with people who support you and make you feel good about yourself.
  3. Find ways to relax and de-stress: Make time for activities that you enjoy and that help you relax.
  4. Seek help when you need it: If you are struggling with your mental health, don’t be afraid to seek professional help.
  5. Set realistic goals: Break down your aspirations into small achievable steps, which allows for a sense of accomplishment and sustained motivation at each stage.
  6. Practice gratitude: Cultivate the habit of acknowledging and appreciating the positive aspects of your life, to foster an optimistic outlook.
  7. Nurture a growth mindset: Embrace challenges as opportunities for learning and growth, rather than fearing failure. Find tips to flourish your growth mindset here.
  8. Set boundaries: Learn to say no when necessary to protect your well-being and avoid overwhelm.
  9. Engage in social activities: Participate in social events or group activities that align with your interests to forge a sense of belonging and connection.
  10. Consider this: Download the self-care practices manual, here, for nurturing yourself.


Psychological health is not a luxury, it is a necessity for leaders who want to be successful. It helps them make better decisions, be more motivated, build better relationships, and be more productive. We should see psychological health as a fundamental part of good leadership.

Where are you going to begin your psychological wellness practice?

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Sailaja Manacha

Sailaja Manacha

Sailaja Manacha, a Master certified Coach from ICF, is known for her programs and coaching methods that combine psychology with leadership practices. In her work, Sailaja draws from Psychology, Ontology, NLP and Spiritual frameworks as well as rich, real-world experiences.

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