Medical problems for Leaders – foretelling the next crisis

17
Aug 2011

A friend of mine is a doctor near where I live in the Square Mile in the City of London. He is seeing disturbing signs with his clients who are leaders from the top global companies based in that powerhouse of a business district. Without breaking medical confidences, there are some clear patterns:
1. The level of medical dysfunction is a replica of 2007-2008 as the global financial crisis was emerging.
2. Huge stress caused by impending redundancies. These leaders have to tell hundreds of people they are loosing their jobs.
3. Very heavy drinking – to obliteration every night to hide the fear and pain. Certainly over 25 units a week is risky.
4. Drug abuse amongst the most high paid and high pressured. The US owned companies have clauses that allow HR to march executives suspected of drug abuse into his surgery, have them tested and fired if they have taken drugs. UK owned companies don’t do that.
5. Tragic symptoms of leaders staring into the abyss of a second dip in global financial crisis. Family melt down, obesity, stress, outbursts and bullying.

What can we do as leaders you ask?
Manage your diet, fitness and health. Control what you can and be prepared to weather the incoming global storm.

Good luck
Jonathan Perks

Other Articles

“Effective leadership requires more than just being in charge – it requires a focus on three core tasks” says CEO at Skipton Group, Stuart Haire

“Effective leadership requires more than just being in charge – it requires a focus on three core tasks” says CEO at Skipton Group, Stuart Haire

January 23, 2023
Every week, as part of my Inspiring Leadership with Jonathan Bowman-Perks podcast series, I speak with a different guest who offers their insightful wisdom about all things leadership. This series …

A Leaders Time for a Pit Stop?

July 16, 2011
In this manic business world we choose to live in there is a cost and consequences to the machismo. Having untaken holiday to “carry over to next year” is worn as a badge of pride. You …
“Pull people up with you – and be true to yourself”

“Pull people up with you – and be true to yourself”

November 24, 2022
Every week, as part of my Inspiring Leadership with Jonathan Bowman-Perks podcast series, I speak with a different guest who offers their insightful wisdom about all things leadership. This series …

Copyright © Jonathan Bowman-Perks MBE
Powered By Spotlight Studios