Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Should CEOs share their own mental health struggles? - HRM ONLINE

by Nicola Middlemiss  
Originally published: February 27, 2017

A number of studies have suggested CEOs are at a greater risk of mental illness than the average worker yet relatively few ever speak openly about their experiences – now, one leadership coach is pushing for change.

“There is nothing better to reduce workplace stigma than someone’s boss saying they’ve felt depression or they’ve suffered anxiety but they’ve managed to get help,” says Dennis Miller – a former CEO turned strategic leadership coach.

“Anxiety and depression are big issues and we need to makes sure executives and the C-suite are aware of it, are honest about it, are dealing with their own illnesses and have a culture of acceptability and removing a stigma,” he continues.