Sleep Like A Boss
Listen up ladies! If you’re looking to run a disciplined household or a successful business, there’s one thing you need to do: get some sleep! That’s right! No matter how hectic things get, sacrificing sleep will only make things worse for you and your house or company. Evidently, several health experts have already confirmed that there is a link between quantity and quality of sleep as well as the ability to hone leadership skills.
The Harvard Business review shared on their website that the prefrontal cortex, the part of the brain that handles high-order cognitive processes, cannot cope with a lack of sleep as compared to the other parts of the brain. High-order mental skills deteriorate if a deficit of sleep is experienced, which means leadership tasks such as planning, problem-solving, and organizing can be impacted.
Fatigue can also be caused by insomnia, and you must avoid becoming run down to be a good leader. The Business Insider reports that while CEO’s of big companies tend to override fatigue and are able to work on less than the recommended 7 hours of sleep per night, not everyone will experience the same outcome. They warn against following in these leaders’ footsteps as the bodily systems may not be able to cope with the stress of not having enough rest.
So the answer is sleeping more and better. But what does this actually entail? Leesa states that acquiring good sleeping habits can improve four core leadership skills that you need to have a successful career, company and an organized home. These four core skills are operating with a strong orientation to results, solving problems effectively, seeking out different perspectives, and supporting others. When you are able to carry out these specific skills properly, there’s no doubt that you will become a well-rounded and respected leader.
Still not convinced? Then take a look at this list by The Huffington Post of well-known and beloved successful people, most of which are leaders of their own companies or establishments. Although some of the people they listed sleep below the advised minimum number of hours of sleep to be able to work effectively, a lot of the leaders on the list still share that they are able to sleep 7 hours a day despite their hectic schedules.
The people in the list that sleep the advised amount of hours a day include Tim Cook, current CEO of Apple, Co-founder of Twitter Jack Dorsey, and Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos. Even famous personalities like Bill Gates and Ellen Degeneres share that they are able to lead their companies well with respectively 7 and 8 hours of sleep per day.
So the next time you think that forgoing sleep is a good idea to prioritize work, look back at all these studies, research, and the examples of famous leaders before making a decision. To be an effective leader you need to first be able to function at 100% yourself.