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Hugh Ballou and Dr. David Gruder outline the top 10 causes of leader burnout and provide potential solutions to the 5 most common causes

Dr. David Gruder

Dr. David Gruder

Hugh Ballou

Hugh Ballou

What are you going to learn in this video lesson about burnout?

Top 10 Reasons for Leader Burnout

There are many reasons for burnout. Hugh Ballou and Dr. David Gruder talk about what they have found and can relate to being the 10 top sources of job burnout.  I’m sure there is at least one that speaks to you.

Initial Strategy, Where to Start with the top 5

We take a hard look at the top 5 reasons for burnout. Some you may not have thought of but Dr. Gruder has found these to be the most common. From there we look at strategies that help cure burnout in these areas.

The Why, What, and How of Burnout

You will learn answers. We will talk about why you feel burned out at work. What are the causes? And How you can correct it. Solutions are offered for the items in Bold 

  1. External Locus of Control (circumstances or other people are the bosses of your wellbeing
  2. Sacrificing Personal Wellbeing and/or Cherished Relationships for Your Cause
  3. Leading From a Need to Prove Yourself
  4. Over Functioning
  5. Leading Through Force or Sacrifice
  6. Power Phobia
  7. Underdeveloped (or No) Plan Implementation System
  8. Insufficient (or No) Support System
  9. No Skills Development Discipline
  10. Failure to Communicate


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