Entrepreneur Leadership Network® Contributor
Trauma-Informed Conscious Leadership Coach
Afraid of getting it wrong, most leaders remain silent about collectively traumatizing events. While that's no longer an option, it can be hard to know where to begin, so here are five actionable considerations for organizational leaders.
Burnout cannot be prevented with sabbaticals or self-care regimens because most of it is rooted in unresolved trauma. Instead, it requires healing and integration of past emotional wounds to increase self-worth and self-value, the ability to set healthy boundaries and a clearer vision and commitment to how we want to live and lead.
By actively working to heal and integrate their past trauma, leaders create safe and empowering environments for their teams.
Leaders who lead through either control or people-pleasing do so for reasons that can be traced back to childhood trauma. Self-recognition of these patterns is the first step toward breaking fear-based management cycles in favor of influencing healthier work environments for everyone.
At social media platforms like LinkedIn, Instagram and TikTok, anti-racist policy enforcement has turned into a mechanism to uphold white supremacy. Along the same lines for some artificial intelligence applications, white-centric data inputs skew user experience and limit our imagining of a more inclusive world.
For some of us, entrepreneurship may be a response to our past traumas and understanding their role in our business is crucial to bettering ourselves and our employees.