There’s a Proven Link Between Effective Leadership and Getting Enough Sleep

Fierce Resource

This week’s Fierce resource was originally published on the Harvard Business Review and explores the link between sleep and leadership.

Being an effective leader requires a lot of skills, including an ability to be present, communicate effectively, and a strong emotional intelligence. But before we can do all that, we first have to take care of ourselves. That means getting some much needed shut eye.

And many of us aren’t getting enough of it. According to the article There’s a Proven Link Between Effective Leadership and Getting Enough Sleep, sleep deficiencies can undermine important forms of leadership behavior and eventually hurt financial performance.

What is sleep loss costing you?

“Sleep deprivation impairs the ability to focus attention selectively: Research shows that after roughly 17 to 19 hours of wakefulness (say, at 11 PM or 1 AM for someone who got up at 6 AM), individual performance on a range of tasks is equivalent to that of a person with a blood alcohol level of 0.05%. That’s the legal drinking limit in many countries.”

Read the article.

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