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Better Leaders Are Better Sleepers Here’s Why

Sleep is not a luxury but a necessity for optimal leadership performance



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Business leaders are often regarded as indefatigable individuals who thrive on minimal sleep while they relentlessly pursue their dream careers. Throughout the business world, many are even admired for their tenacity and ability to work long hours. But is this lack of sleep actually contributing to higher levels of success? Studies seem not to think so.

We know a lack of sleep negatively affects other areas of our lives: from draining our cognitive abilities to making us more irritable. Then, why has the narrative of ‘you can sleep when you’re dead’ become the mantra for so many aspiring entrepreneurs and innovative thinkers? If sleep deficiency is terrible for our mental and emotional health, then it cannot be the impetus that drives business success. 

The prevailing notion of the sleepless, hardworking executive is being challenged by research that indicates leaders who prioritize their rest are more energetic, efficient, and compassionate. From enhancing decision-making abilities to fostering a positive work environment, I want to talk more about the power of well-rested leadership.

The Science Behind Restful Leadership

A clinical review put out by N.F. Watson and C.M. Barnes detailed sleep’s significant contributions to effective leadership. Ineffective leadership that stems from sleep deprivation doesn’t only affect the stamina and ingenuity of leaders, it also has a direct impact on company culture and employee performance. One study that observed 88 leaders across several industries found that abusive supervision was more prominent after the leader acknowledged a poor night’s sleep the night before. 

Sleep is not merely a passive state of rest, which we so often forget. It’s a dynamic process during which the brain experiences critical functions necessary for optimal functioning. During sleep, the brain consolidates memories, processes information, and rejuvenates neural pathways. Leaders who enjoy sufficient sleep are better equipped to think critically, make sound decisions, and retain essential information. Additionally, well-restedness makes leaders better emotional regulators. This translates into greater patience, empathy, and compassion for team members, which creates a positive and supportive work environment. 

Enhanced Cognitive Abilities and Creativity

Cognitive excellence and creativity are crucial for effective leadership, both of which are contingent upon being rested. A well-rested leader experiences improved focus, concentration, and problem-solving skills, which enables them to tackle challenges and devise innovative solutions with clarity and efficiency. Sleep also helps leaders think more about complex decisions and propose necessary solutions.

Sleep also plays a vital role in the creative process. Rapid Eye Movement (REM) sleep, the stage during which dreams occur, is associated with enhanced creativity. Leaders who achieve enough REM sleep are more likely to think outside the box, approach problems from different perspectives, and inspire their teams to do the same. 

“Sleep is an investment in the energy you need to be effective tomorrow.” – Tom Roth

Productivity and Efficiency: Quality Over Quantity

The myth of the sleepless executive working round-the-clock is slowly giving way to a more effective approach to leadership: quality over quantity. Leaders who prioritize their sleep understand that long hours do not necessarily equate to increased productivity. In fact, in today’s competitive business landscape, making the most out of one’s working hours and effectively meeting goals is only possible when well-rested.

Studies have found that leaders who get adequate sleep report higher levels of productivity and efficiency. They can accomplish tasks faster, make more informed decisions, and communicate more effectively with their teams. In contrast, underslept leaders often experience diminished cognitive performance, leading to errors, delays, and poor judgment. By valuing their sleep, leaders set a positive example for their teams, promoting a healthier work-life balance and overall well-being.

Emotional Intelligence and Empathetic Leadership

Leadership is not solely about driving results; it is about inspiring and guiding individuals to reach their full potential. Emotional intelligence plays a vital role in fostering strong relationships and cohesive teams. Well-rested leaders have an edge in this area, as sleep profoundly impacts emotional intelligence.

Adequate sleep supports the prefrontal cortex, the part of the brain responsible for emotional regulation and empathy. Leaders who prioritize their rest can better understand and respond to the emotions of their team members. This empathy creates a culture of trust, support, and open communication within the organization. On the other hand, leaders suffering from sleep deprivation are prone to emotional instability, leading to erratic behavior and strained relationships. A lack of empathy from the top can trickle down, resulting in disengaged and disheartened employees.

Sleep is not a luxury but a necessity for optimal leadership performance. Embracing a culture that values rest and work-life balance will undoubtedly lead to more energetic, efficient, and compassionate leaders, setting a new standard for success in the modern business world. The next time you find yourself contemplating pulling an all-nighter, remember that true leadership excellence begins with a good night’s sleep.

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How Your Beliefs Can Supercharge or Sabotage Your Success

Your life is dictated by beliefs and biases that drive your thinking, behaviors, and decisions



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How to Break the Cycles of Mediocrity and Manifest Your Greatness

There is no greatness without becoming and there is no becoming with authenticity



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In just a few weeks, we will be wrapping up 2023. Can you believe it? This year has been absolutely incredible for me.

I have seen amazing doors opened, new relationships formed and I am seeing dreams realized in my life. While this seems like the hallmarks of a great year, this has also been the most challenging year of my life. With all of the change happening in my life, I have been forced out of my comfort zone and challenged to grow in every area of my life.

I can truly say that I have made the most of my moments this year and I have used everything as a catalyst for maximizing my greatest potential.

As a revolutionary leader, I have the pleasure of consulting and advising leaders around the world to fulfill purpose, realize their greatest potential and make an impact.

I want to share some insights with you that will help you to break cycles of mediocrity and manifest your greatness

Everything legal must come through the matrix

I am sure that some of you are wondering why I am using the term matrix. However, what you have to understand is that I am trying to make a highly complex spiritual principle practical to understand.

Regardless of your spiritual beliefs, every life has an origin and I believe that origin is divine and begins with eternity. You are birthed from eternity and into time to fulfill a unique purpose and assignment in your lifetime and generation.

The matrix is simply the portal or vehicle that brings something out of the invisible realm and into tangible form. The problem with much of the teaching today is that it excludes the matrix. We are told to believe that success is instantaneous and overnight.

Nobody talks about how a dream progresses through stages beginning with visualization and ultimately culminating in manifestation. Without a matrix or portal then everything that you attempt to birth and build will be illegal.

The matrix not only makes you legal but it gives you the authority and power to function as the greatest expression of who you were created to be. 

Every matrix has an incubation process

While many people admire and respect me today, I remember a time when nobody knew who I was or the significance of my message. How did I get to where I am today? I got here through an incubation process.

In other words, everything that has been destined for your life is incubating and awaiting a set time of manifestation. The problem is that most people live their entire lives idle and never initiate the incubation process.

What do I meany by that? Most people are living reckless and very few people are living intentionally. I am amazed at the number of people I have conversations with that have no vision, goals or strategies for their lives. They show great promise and they have undeniable potential.

However, without development they will die with their dreams still in them.

Everything that has been destined for your life must be incubated and converted to become realities born to time. 

“Visualize this thing that you want, see it, feel it, believe in it. Make your mental blueprint and begin to build.” – Robert Collier

You must give expression to that which is not yet born to time

When you think about a matrix or a prophetic incubation process, you have to understand that potential is often unrealized and untapped. In other words, your potential is in raw form and your potential cannot serve you as long as it is untapped.

The thing that makes me valuable is that I have the ability to convert potential into power. I have done it in my own life and I have empowered leaders around the world to do the same. How do you convert potential into power?

First, it is important to note that you have to perceive potential. If you cannot perceive your potential then you can never cultivate your potential. In addition, you must take the time to cultivate your potential. We often get excited about our capabilities; however, we never expand our capacity in order to realize our greatest potential.

In other words, the strength of your potential is only discovered through your willingness to stretch. The more we are challenged the more we are empowered to expand our capacity for greatness. Most of all, you must begin to express your potential. The expression of potential is different for every person.

For example, the expression of my potential is best demonstrated through the thoughts, ideas, products, services, books, etc.

For another person the expression of potential may look like a screenplay, artwork, sports, scientific discoveries, medical breakthroughs, etc.

Regardless of the form of expression, I know that you will live empty and unfulfilled until you make the decision to express your potential. The expression of your potential gives voice to your dreams, life to your vision, significance to your moments and activates your true power.

You must manifest your greatness

As a revolutionary thinker and leader, my work has impacted people around the world. I am grateful that my life is a source of empowerment to so many people. However, before anyone could ever benefit from my life, I had to make a non-negotiable decision to become who I was born to be.

I wish I could tell you that this journey is easy and that you will get there overnight. However, in a world that celebrates us for doing we are often criticized for being. As a result, I wasted a lot of time trying to be who other people wanted me to be instead of being who I was born to be.

There is no greatness without becoming and there is no becoming with authenticity. It is through our bravery to be vulnerable that we ultimately manifest our greatness. We do not bless the world by being a duplicate. We bless the world when we honor our difference. When you honor your difference you honor your potential.

Ultimately, your difference is how you manifest your greatness.

When you present anything but your authentic self to the world, you are playing small and you are robbing the world of your significance. Manifesting your greatness requires you to master your gifts.

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Here’s a Young Man’s Antidote for the Uncertainty of the Modern World

Why do a lot of young guys lack confidence in today’s world? 



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Toxic Leadership: 5 Ways to Identify a Bad Leader

if you have a leader who displays any of the toxic traits, it’s time to move on to greener pastures.



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Let’s be honest, we’ve all crossed paths with a toxic leader in our careers at some point. Unfortunately, while some toxic leaders don’t even bother to hide their behaviour, some know very well how to conceal their true selves behind a strong-built facade. The latter is the most dangerous of the two. (more…)

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