Number Of CEOs Struggling To Cope Is Rising

1. Die Persönlichkeitsmerkmale, die eine starke Führungspersönlichkeit ausmachen, können auch zu psychischen Problemen führen.

Der Grat zwischen effektiver Führung und Burnout wird immer schmaler, da der Druck in den Vorstandsetagen auf der ganzen Welt immer größer wird.

Wenn Sie bei Google eingeben, was eine gute Führungspersönlichkeit ausmacht, finden Sie in der Regel Antworten wie "sie sind sich ihrer selbst bewusst, konzentrieren sich auf die Entwicklung anderer, fördern Innovationen und sind entschlossen". Um diese Qualitäten zu erwerben und umzusetzen, brauchen wir jedoch Einfühlungsvermögen, Perfektionismus, Mut und das ständige Streben, besser zu werden. Dies sind zwar wunderbare Eigenschaften, die man anstreben sollte, aber sie stehen auch in engem Zusammenhang mit psychischen Problemen wie Burnout, Angstzuständen und Depressionen. Der Drogenmissbrauch nimmt unter den Führungskräften der C-Suite sprunghaft zu. Es ist einsam an der Spitze, und unserer Erfahrung nach neigen CEOs dazu, Drogenmissbrauch als Bewältigungsmechanismus für psychische Probleme zu nutzen, die durch die Eigenschaften hervorgerufen werden, die sie auch zu hervorragenden Führungskräften machen.

Effektive Führungskräfte haben zum Beispiel oft Mühe, ein Gleichgewicht zwischen den "drei A" zu finden:

  • Adrenalin

C-Suite-Positionen ziehen oft Personen an, die besonders gut in stressigen Umgebungen gedeihen können. Eine Studie (2017) der kanadischen McGill University hat beispielsweise ergeben, dass "Sensation Seekers", auch bekannt als Adrenalinjunkies, die besten CEOs sind. Dies liegt daran, dass diese Eigenschaften sie in die Lage versetzen, größere Risiken einzugehen und Innovationen anzustreben, was zu einem größeren Einfluss auf den Markt führt als bei ihren Kollegen. Wie der Name jedoch schon sagt, kann Adrenalin süchtig machen und bei längerem Konsum sowohl unsere physische als auch unsere psychische Gesundheit schädigen.

Studien (2018) stellen fest, dass Adrenalin Stresshormone in unserem Körper freisetzt, die bei längerer Einnahme die Fähigkeit unseres Gehirns, Erinnerungen zu speichern und Emotionen zu regulieren, beeinträchtigen können. Es ist wichtig, sich daran zu erinnern, dass es einen schmalen Grat zwischen der Nutzung der Stressproduktivität und dem Ertrinken unter der Last des Stresses gibt. Um Letzteres zu verhindern, hebt die Harvard Business Review die Vorteile der Meditation für CEOs hervor, während andere Studien auf die Bedeutung einer guten Schlafhygiene hingewiesen haben.

  • Altruismus

Darüber hinaus wurde festgestellt, dass trotz der Stereotypen, die die Gesellschaft durchdringen, eine der wichtigsten Eigenschaften, die eine Führungskraft haben muss, Altruismus ist. Die Kombination dieser Eigenschaften kann zwar dazu führen, dass diese Personen zielstrebig und ehrgeizig sind, aber sie kann auch dazu führen, dass sie die Bedürfnisse des Unternehmens und der Mitarbeiter weit vor ihre eigenen stellen, was bis zum Burnout führen kann. In letzterem Fall kann es zu einer Abwärtsspirale kommen, da es aufgrund ihrer Präsenz in der Öffentlichkeit unmöglich erscheint, um Hilfe zu bitten, weil man befürchtet, dass sich dies negativ auf das Unternehmen auswirkt.

  • Ängste

Während der Zusammenhang zwischen kreativem Genie und psychischen Erkrankungen in der Kunst bekannt ist, wird seine Bedeutung in der C-Suite oft unterschätzt. Unternehmer sind außergewöhnlich kreative Menschen, und unsere Experten weisen darauf hin, dass "hochkreative Menschen eher zu psychischen Störungen wie Depressionen und Angstzuständen neigen können". Man kann jedoch sehen, wie die Persönlichkeitsmerkmale, die sie zum Erfolg führen, wie z. B. rigoroser Perfektionismus, ein harter innerer Kritiker und die Fähigkeit, die Welt mit anderen Augen zu sehen, dazu führen können, dass ihre Gesundheit in den Hintergrund tritt, während sie sich voll und ganz dem Erfolg des Unternehmens widmen.

Kreative Köpfe sind oft in hohem Maße mit ihrer Umgebung verbunden, während Altruismus eine starke empathische Fähigkeit widerspiegelt, sich auf die Menschen um sie herum einzulassen. Wenn eine Person diese Eigenschaften besitzt, kann es für ihre psychische Gesundheit sehr hilfreich sein, sich die Zeit und den Raum zu geben, um all diese externen Informationen zu verarbeiten.

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2. CEOs sind einsam, hier ist der Grund.

Die Covid-19-Pandemie hat die Einsamkeit in der Welt drastisch erhöht. Leider haben wir bei Paracelsus Recovery festgestellt, dass wohlhabende Menschen besonders gefährdet sind, weil es an der Spitze oft buchstäblich einsam ist. Führungskräfte der C-Suite zum Beispiel sind oft von Opportunisten umgeben, was dazu führt, dass ihr Vertrauen in die Freundlichkeit anderer einen drastischen, wenn auch notwendigen, Schlag erleidet. Soziale Beziehungen sind für eine robuste psychische Gesundheit unerlässlich, aber sie beruhen auf Mitgefühl und Vertrauen. Wenn eine Person die Absichten anderer Menschen ständig in Frage stellen muss, wird es ihr nicht leicht fallen, mit anderen Menschen in Kontakt zu treten.

Hinzu kommt, dass Erfolg mit der impliziten Erwartung einhergeht, dass man sich immer "glücklich und erfüllt" fühlt oder zumindest so erscheint. Dies gilt insbesondere während der Pandemie, als einige von uns herzzerreißendes Leid und Stress erlebten.

Es bedeutet aber auch, dass, wenn die Gesundheit einer Person aufgrund des echten Stresses, der mit der C-Suite, der Verwaltung von Reichtum oder dem Leben in der Öffentlichkeit einhergeht, leidet, sie das Gefühl haben kann, beim Erfolg zu versagen, was das Leiden in der Isolation verlängert. Dies ist besonders häufig bei CEOs der Fall, deren unausgewogenes Verhältnis zwischen Arbeit und Privatleben sich nachteilig auf ihr Stressniveau und ihre Einsamkeit auswirkt, aber Stigmata verhindern, dass sie darüber sprechen.

The Lonely Corner Office

For example, as a result of their unbalanced work/life ratio, many CEOs have little to no boundaries between their personal and private lives. As a result, they can grow increasingly estranged from both themselves and their loved ones without even noticing. This is because, while they might spend all day conversing with other people, these surface-level interactions are focused on the wellbeing of the company, not the individual. In addition, while their job requires them to be immersed in goal-orientated conversations, being a CEO is a profoundly lonely position. These individuals will know everything there is to know about their company, and when difficulties arise, that can be an immense burden. They will have to hold the weight of an entire organisation on their shoulders, but not let on how heavy that weight is to their employees.

What's more, research (2012) has shown that in a survey of 83 CEOs, 61% noted that the lack of anyone to confide in hinders their job performance. CEOs face enormous challenges, such as having to carry the weight of the company on their shoulders, which can induce stress-levels that wreak-havoc on their wellbeing. Studies (2002) show that prolonged exposure to high-stress levels can result in sleep disturbances, a weakened immune system, or cardiovascular disease. More notably still, stress can affect the quality of our emotional bonds, thereby compounding existing loneliness. Both stress and isolation are two critical environmental factors that can lead to the development of anxiety or depression. Thus, the C-Suite can be an immensely challenging environment for wellbeing, making it vital to ensure an employer's mental health is as much a priority for the boardroom as employees.

Chronic loneliness is not only painful in and of itself, but it can also increase an individual’s likelihood of developing addiction and depression – which studies (2013; 2008) have shown are both more common in CEOs than the general population. Our experts suggest that to avoid the loneliness which pervades in boardrooms – and the mental health problems it brings with it - a CEO needs to ensure that they have a support system available to them. For example, finding someone who is, or once was, a CEO themselves will drastically improve feelings of loneliness because they can empathise with the nuances of your position.

Breaking the Stigma

Loneliness not only poses a risk for our psychological health, but it is also dangerous for our physical wellbeing. It contributes to premature death and has a mortality rate of 26-32% - akin to a heavy smoker. To combat this silent killer, we must speak out and challenge the stigma that prevents individuals in positions of power, and their families, from articulating how they, too, have been affected by mental illness, and their experience of loneliness at the top.

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3. Three Strategies for Looking After Your Mental Health in the C-Suite

C-suite executives are nearly 20% more likely to struggle with mental health than their employees. Read on to find out why the boardroom is struggling and how you can address it.

C-Suite executives worldwide are navigating the stress of keeping a business running during a global lockdown, supporting their families, and ensuring their employees can meet their own responsibilities. However, for many CEOs, it has been impossible to achieve all of these goals. As a result, difficult emotions such as guilt, powerlessness, and a sense of failure can arise. On top of that, CEOs often report higher levels of loneliness than their employees while the expectation to seem bulletproof only isolates them further.

We are slowly entering a post-pandemic world and let’s try to make it a stigma-free and healthy one. To do that, it is vital that C-Suite execs start addressing mental health in the workplace. But to do that, you first need to look after your own.


Our Experts Recommend:

  • Combat the Dangerous Idea that Self-Neglect = Success

To reach the top of your profession, it requires many long nights and sacrifices. Most C-Suite executives have worked 60+ hour weeks for years and are highly dedicated to their jobs and they care for their teams and employees. But, as a result, as many CEOs know, it can often lead to self-neglect.

While ambition and altruism are undeniably admirable traits, it is important to remember that you need to care for yourself, not just your employees. If you continue to put your job and everyone else before yourself, you dramatically increase your chances of developing depression, burning out or turning to substance abuse as a coping mechanism.

To do that, try to give yourself a set amount of time each week where you turn your phone off and focus on something completely unrelated to your work. It could be one hour, a whole day, or even just fifteen minutes, but try to keep up the routine.

  • Build a Support Network

In pre-pandemic times, over 60% of CEOs said that they suffered from loneliness. For many of those leaders, isolating alone pushed their mental health over the edge. If you are struggling, try to reach out to other C-Suite executives who will understand the specificities of your unique position. If you fear there is no one to speak to, seek help from a professional.

  • Do Something for Yourself

One of the most sure-fire ways to boost productivity and increase mental clarity is to do something completely unrelated to your job. It is also vital that you have something you can do to help you switch off at the end of the day. Try to spend at least a few hours a week on an old hobby you used to love or a passion-project you have been meaning to start. If you do not have the time for either of these, even just spending time mindlessly completing a jigsaw or app on your phone can help.

In conclusion, above all else, if you are struggling, seek professional help as soon as possible. If you are worried about confidentiality issues, there are numerous treatment centres that can guarantee absolute confidentiality. At Paracelsus Recovery, we do so by only ever having one client at any given time. Contact us at info@paracelsus-recovery.com to learn more.

 

4. The Mental Health Stigma Plagues Boardrooms Worldwide.

Mental health issues are soaring in boardrooms as C-suite executives buckled under the stress of keeping a business running during a pandemic. C-Suite executives worldwide have spent over two years navigating the stress of keeping a business running during a global lockdown, supporting their families, and ensuring their employees can meet their responsibilities. However, it has been impossible for many CEOs to achieve all of these goals. As a result, difficult emotions such as guilt, powerlessness, and a sense of failure have arisen, and many have struggled to contain these difficulties.

At Paracelsus Recovery, we have seen a 300% increase in referrals for C-suite executives struggling with mental health issues. Unfortunately, due to the mental health stigma that pervades boardrooms, many more are still struggling who are too afraid to speak out. For example, if word got out about a CEO's mental health, many face the genuine threat of it impacting their company's net value. Concerns like these are a direct consequence of the mental health stigma, not mental health issues themselves. Hence, we want to pay some attention to CEOs who have spoken out about their mental health issues as it helps challenge these misguided norms and create a more compassionate work environment.

CEOs Who Have Spoken Out About Their Mental Health.

1. Matthew Cooper, co-founder and CEO of fintech start-up EarnUp

Cooper made news after being CEO for six years when he stepped down to focus on his mental health. In September, he made waves when he wrote an op-ed for Quartz detailing how his mental health has impacted him and why he is taking time away from his work to make it a priority.

For example, he explains how he has always dealt with mental health issues in one form or another. But during the pandemic, "it was scarier [and] a more rapid decline than I had ever experienced before," he says. "I believe Covid and the pandemic experience contributed to that for me in that I get a lot of energy and from being around other people." He explains that part of him is desperate to jump back into work, but he knows that he must focus on his health right now to show up as a capable and effective leader.

He noted that he wanted to share his story in the hopes it could help de-stigmatise mental health issues in the workplace. He poignantly added, "if you are struggling, please tell someone and ask for help. Even as someone with health insurance and other privileges, I have found aggressive self-advocacy is the only way to get adequate mental health support. Take care of yourself and let us find new ways to support each other in living healthy and joyful lives."

His words are as wise as inspirational, and they show all the signs of an excellent leader.


2. Lloyd Craig, former CEO of Coast Capital Savings

Lloyd Craig, the former CEO of Coast Capital Savings, has been one of the most inspirational pioneers of breaking mental health stigmas in the workplace. For example, in 2001, long before mental health was shown any compassion in the public eye, he opened up about how losing his son to suicide impacted his health.

In response, he decided to dedicate himself to changing workplace culture. In one interview, he explained that "you need intelligent, thoughtful people running the business to create a culture of psychological health from the top down."

He acknowledges that the hardest thing to change in business is its culture. But he also poignantly argued that "culture beats strategy every time. You have bad culture and a great strategy, and I have a great culture and a mediocre strategy, I'll beat you every time."

We completely agree with him and appreciate his emphasis on compassion in the workplace.

 

3. Justin Kan, the CEO of Atrium and founder of Twitch, decided to give up alcohol in 2019.

Justin Kan became the CEO of Atrium, a corporate law firm after he sold his highly successful start-up Twitch to Amazon for $1 billion in 2014. Then, in 2019, Kan gave up alcohol after realising that it had become part of his identity. The young founder, currently in his mid-30s, shared in a blog post that alcohol had always been "an unhealthy way to avoid being fully in touch with my emotions and my experience of life," Kan wrote on his blog. Realising that alcohol had become his way of coping with difficult emotions like stress, Kan now focuses that energy on exercise and meditation.

We are grateful to Kan for publicly sharing his mental health journal.

These are just three examples of CEOs who have spoken out about their mental health; the actual list is much longer. In our eyes, by sharing their stories, they also show us their commitment to transparency and integrity. In so doing, they come across not as weak or vulnerable but as strong and capable leaders. If you are a C-suite executive who has struggled with your mental health, we urge you to speak out about these issues to help de-stigmatise mental health and strengthen your leadership skills. If you are a C-suite executive who is currently struggling, please seek professional help as soon as possible.

Finally, suppose you are (understandably) afraid to do so due to confidentiality issues. In that case, there are treatment centres like ours that only cater to one client at any given time and provide the most stringent confidentiality policies.

Paracelsus Recovery was founded in 2012 and is a premier mental health and addiction treatment provider, working primarily with UHNW and celebrity clients. We treat one client at a time, providing cutting edge treatment delivered by a passionate and empathetic multidisciplinary team in a discrete environment.

www.paracelsus-recovery.com info@paracelsus-recovery.com

Dieser Artikel wurde auf Englisch veröffentlicht 2022-03-01 05:06:10 und übersetzt in Deutsch im Jahr 2021

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