The Cost of Leadership: Burnout and the High-Profile Exodus

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Insights from Outstanding Leadership Awards Finalist, Tanya O’Shea

This morning, Tanya O’Shea, the Managing Director of IMPACT Community Services, engaged in a conversation with David Dowsett on ABC Wide Bay Breakfast. The discussion centred around her recent nomination for the Outstanding Leadership Awards and the unique challenges faced by individuals in high-pressure leadership roles.

One critical topic explored was leadership burnout” and its potential impact on prominent leaders who have recently stepped down from their positions. Notable figures like Queensland Premier Anastasia Palaszczuk, Queensland Police Commissioner Katarina Carroll, and Woolworths CEO Brad Banducci were cited as examples.

The conversation also delved into the effects of recent challenges, including the COVID-19 pandemic, cost-of-living crises, and the relentless pressures of social media on leaders already navigating demanding roles.

Tanya, drawing from her experience, shared valuable insights into effective strategies for self-care and burnout prevention.

For those interested, the full interview recording is available below.

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