by Tim Dyke

This week we will be publishing a series of articles for Men’s Health Week 2021, focused on the well-being of male leaders – Board Directors, CEOs, Executive Managers and General Managers.

The facts about the well-being of male leaders

Fact One – There is very little known about the physical and mental health of men in senior leadership positions.

Fact Two – We do know that heart disease is the leading killer of men in Australia.

Fact Three – We do know that three in 4 suicides in Australia are men.

Fact Four –  We do know that 70% of a man’s overall health is controllable through lifestyle and yet men account for 2 out of 3 preventable deaths.

Fact Five – We do know that in a survey of young men (18 to 30yo),  2 in three say that since they were a boy they had been told a “real man” behaves in a certain way.

Fact Six – Most young men have personal views that are more progressive than what society tells them. However nearly 1 in 3 endorse a set of beliefs within society that place pressure on young men to act in a certain way. Personal endorsement of these set of beliefs contribute to more harmful and risky behaviours (including violence, substance abuse and car accidents).

Fact Seven –  We do know that one in 4 men feel socially isolated.

 Fact Eight – We do know that there are strong links between mental, physical, emotional and spiritual health.

Men in leadership positions have the power to ensure their own-wellbeing and that of the males around them including peers, employees and family members. 

Men – we owe it to ourselves and those we lead to be more aware of our own well-being.

At Leading Well our purpose is to raise wellbeing and performance through enlightened leadership. To achieve this, we offer practical and proven ways to a wide community of leaders to improve their creative competencies for positively contributing to personal, collective, and universal wellbeing. We believe in taking in multiple perspectives including a ‘zoomed-out’ view of the healthy functioning of the organisation and a ‘zoomed in’ view to ensure the wellbeing of the leaders of the organisation. We work with our clients to form and use this systemic view of their organisation, uncovering the hidden and raising the undiscussables.

The challenge – Spend 15 minutes during Men’s Health Week to consider at least one way to better look after your own physical and mental health and how to role-model for the men around you to better look after their own health.

It’s OK to not be OK. And it’s OK not to be sure about the state of your wellbeing. Contact me to start a conversation and to find out more about our wellbeing assessment – the Global Leadership Wellbeing Survey (GLWS).

Tim Dyke, Leading Well