Leadership Matters: Talking openly about workaholism

Work addiction can have a big impact on leaders. Be aware of the symptoms and make proactive changes if you find yourself heading in that direction.

The transition from employee to leader is an exciting one. It often comes with the opportunity to help shape and future-proof an organization. Everyone wants to make their mark, and becoming a business leader is a great way to do this. However, leadership doesn’t come without its struggles.

Becoming a leader has a huge learning curve. It often requires longer working hours, unsociable schedules and a whole lot of extra responsibilities—all of which can take time to get used to.

Let’s face it: We’ve all been confronted with the harsh realization that to be successful, you have to work hard. However, this realization coupled with the mounting pressures of taking on leadership roles can cause workaholism. And the truth is that workaholism doesn’t just affect you as an individual; it affects your whole team.

Signs of Workaholism

When people hear the world “workaholic,” they often associate it with excessive working hours, a lack of social life and burnout. However, the term actually refers to a person’s approach to work.


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