As the Bard famously quipped, uneasy lies the head that wears the crown – and this is certainly true for the modern day business mogul, where balancing a personal life with the stresses and strains of leadership can be a full-time vocation in itself. Working under pressure can often help with focus, competition and improve productivity, but it can also lead to stress and burnout if left unchecked.
In the latest infographic from Make It Cheaper, we see how seven of the world’s most powerful business leaders deal with the stresses of their work. Leading by example, each of the featured individuals understand that the personal costs of stress affect the bottom line – causing low productivity and profit losses. In fact, according to a 2014 UK study 39% of work related illnesses are caused by stress, resulting in 10.4 million working days being lost nationwide each year.
Few entrepreneurs embody the philosophy of a healthy work-life balance as much as Richard Branson, whose Virgin company has taken great strides to promote health and emotional wellbeing among its staff. For him, it’s a matter of identifying priorities – while the trivial stresses of day-to-day work can easily overwhelm you, it’s important to remember what’s actually important, i.e. your health and your family.
For more insights into how the business world’s best and brightest manage stress, make sure to read the rest of the infographic and start working towards a healthier, more productive life.