Successful CEOs often devote considerable time to their personal interests. These activities are more than just downtime or a break from the daily grind. They stimulate creativity, reinforce resilience, and refine decision-making prowess. #Hobbies #CEOs #LeadershipSkills

The secret lies in the mental stimulation and relaxation these activities provide, allowing executives to think clearly and approach problems from a fresh perspective. Moreover, hobbies – whether repairing an old car, training for a marathon, reading, or building a robot – provide a unique platform for self-expression and identity formation. They aren’t just frivolous pastimes – they’re personal growth engines that nurture a balanced, multifaceted, and dynamic leadership approach. #SelfExpression #PersonalGrowth #LeadershipDevelopment

So, let’s put to rest the notion that “time-off” is wasted time. Remember, engaging in your personal passions, “taking time out”, is not an indulgence – it’s an investment in your leadership capability and well-being. Encourage a culture of balanced work-life integration within your team. After all, a leader’s example can shape an entire organization’s perspective on work-life balance. #WorkLifeIntegration #LeadershipMindset

In the fast-paced world of business leadership, it’s easy to get caught up in the demands of the job. However, some of the most successful leaders have found that their hobbies, or what psychologists refer to as ‘serious leisure,’ can significantly enhance their performance and well-being. #SeriousLeisure #PerformanceEnhancement #Wellbeing

A study by Frontiers in Psychology found that such hobbies help leaders manage stress and function more effectively in their roles. #StressManagement #EffectiveLeadership

But the benefits of hobbies extend beyond stress management. They can also enhance one’s identity and teach valuable leadership lessons. Having a life outside of work can serve as a reminder that self-worth isn’t solely tied to professional achievements. #IdentityEnhancement #LeadershipLessons

Moreover, hobbies can be a source of valuable leadership lessons. CEOs report that their personal interests cultivate a sense of ‘mental toughness’ that can often be applied to their roles. #MentalToughness #LeadershipQualities

In short, hobbies are not just a way to unwind and disconnect from work. They can also be a source of stress relief, identity enhancement, and leadership lessons.

So, this summer you think about skipping your hobby or passion for work, remember that your pastime might just be the key to you becoming a significantly better leader. #StressRelief #LeadershipSkills #PersonalGrowth #ceomagazine #HBR #mckinsey


About the Author

Susanne Biro is a coach to C-suite and executive level leaders. She is the founder of Inner Life Leadership, an app for business professionals who want to reach an unprecedented level of personal understanding and corresponding leadership (and life) success. Susanne is an author, executive development program designer, facilitator, Forbes & CEO Magazine contributing writer, and a TEDx and keynote speaker.

For over two decades, Susanne has worked internationally with senior-level leaders in some of the world’s best companies. Whether coaching one-on-one or authoring, designing, and delivering leadership programs, her passion is the same: to help leaders reach their next level.

Susanne can be reached at 604.864.5408 or via email at


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