One last thought on this thread of mindfulness, presence, and rest that we’ve been covering for the past three weeks…

I see so many managers and business leaders struggle with being busy. When leaders are overly busy, they can’t make sense of the issues that teams are facing when they are so overloaded with tasks.

Leaders do not deliver the tasks, they deliver the leadership… more now than EVER.

I remember my first transition to management. I found myself at times with nothing to “do”. So I started creating work. This is a bad idea when your team already has plenty to do. When that didn’t work, I decided that it was, in fact, my job to be available to the development of the people and the work. Therefore, downtime was a necessity. If I was always busy, then I could not be available.

It’s a catch 22 for leaders. You risk employees seeing you as someone who doesn’t put in the same effort. When, in reality, your effort looks different than their effort.

Leadership requires a lot of mental, emotional, and social work in an organization. There is often less to show for it.

However, that doesn’t mean the effort wasn’t there.

If you are in leadership at any level, I challenge you to consider getting out of the task oriented work so that you can be present to the things no one anticipated (like pandemics), to the people (who need you more now than ever), to the vision (what’s next after all of this). You may not have a highly checked off to do list, but you, your people, and your organization will be much better for it.

Right now, your leadership is thinking about how to transition people back to work. We have a toolkit to help you. Go to to learn more about it.