Do you have one hand on the boat?

“As you grow older, you will discover that you have two hands, one for helping yourself, the other for helping others.” - Maya Angelou, Civil Rights Activist

We're lucky enough to have a boat which we keep in Southern Ireland and in the summer love to spend time with our children and grandson messing about on the water. With children around, we're super concerned for safety, and the mantra we find ourselves saying over again is "keep one hand on the boat for you" - often shouted as the kids scuttle around the boat having fun.

It struck me this is a good metaphor for how we need to hang on to our own self care as leaders. It's too easy to get swept away with the stress of everyday and lose a grip on your own sense of well being. Great leaders always keep 'one hand on the boat' for themselves, so they are safe and stable and have the other hand free to support others.

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