I Lost a Loved One and Stepped Into a Leadership Position. How Do I Cope?

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Losing a loved one is incredibly hard, even in the best of circumstances. But what if you also just started a demanding new leadership role? On “Life Quakes,” a viewer asks for advice on how to balance grief with the responsibility of leading a team. Host Patricia Wu, Jessica Reyes, and guest therapist Jenna Watson offers practical tips on taking time to heal, finding compassion for yourself, and modeling vulnerability for your team.

It’s Okay to Take Time to Grieve

Prioritizing your emotional healing, even if it means a short leave of absence, is essential for long-term well-being and success as a leader.

Be Honest and Vulnerable with Your Team

Sharing your grief and modeling vulnerability shows your team it’s okay to be human and experience emotions – this builds trust and respect.

Schedule Time for Grief

Actively setting aside time to process your grief helps you acknowledge and work through your emotions rather than avoiding them

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