Reclaiming JOY Amidst Executive Burnout

By Anne Basham

Interacting with some of the world’s most influential government leaders and successful CEOs of high-performing organizations has given me a distinctive perspective. In the last year one word has emerged repeatedly and quietly, several times with a pause and a whisper, “burnout.” No leader wants to admit that they are on the verge of burnout, or worse yet that they are already burnt-out, but there seems to be a quiet epidemic that is emerging.

Earlier this year, the New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern who had led her country through COVID-19, a terrorist attack, and had a new baby resigned mid-term with the CNN headline announcing, “Burnout is real – and it’s nothing to be ashamed of.”

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and her daughter Neve Te Aroha Ardern Gayford at the upper Treaty grounds at Waitangi on February 4, 2020.
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