Published November 1, 2021

Ep 94: Leadership & Mental Health–Dr. Henry Cloud & Paula Faris

What do today’s leaders need to know about mental health? In a conversation that is simultaneously light-hearted and full of deep wisdom, Paula Faris interviews psychologist Dr. Henry Cloud about how leaders can better understand and talk about mental health. Tune in as Dr. Cloud also shares practical advice on how to find a good counselor, and his take on the use of personality assessments to increase self-awareness

Show Notes

SUMMARY:

What do today’s leaders need to know about mental health? In a conversation that is simultaneously light-hearted and full of deep wisdom, Paula Faris interviews psychologist Dr. Henry Cloud about how leaders can better understand and talk about mental health. Tune in as Dr. Cloud also shares practical advice on how to find a good counselor, and his take on the use of personality assessments to increase self-awareness

 

KEY TAKEAWAYS:

SOMEONE ELSE’S DRAMA DOES NOT NEED TO BE YOUR DRAMA. Even when you find yourself surrounded by high-drama situations and people, you can make the choice to support individuals without taking on their drama. 

 

FREEDOM HAS A FORMULA. Freedom = Responsibility = Love. Lack of responsibility is indicated by doing something unloving to yourself or another. A parent’s job is to make all those things equal (NOT to control children).  

 

HUMANS ARE DESIGNED TO “DRIVE TRUE.” Though we are designed to have certain capacities, because we find ourselves in a fallen world all of us have some kind of “ding” (something, big or small, is broken). In addition, some of us find ourselves with parts that weren’t “installed.”  

 

UNDERSTAND THE FOUR CONTINUUMS OF MENTAL HEALTH. The four continuums are: (1) connection; (2) autonomy; (3) processing imperfection; and (4) maturity. All psychological treatment falls into at least one of these four buckets.  

 

DON’T JUST FIND A COUNSELOR; FIND A GOOD COUNSELOR. To find a good counselor, rely on people around you whose success is based on knowing who the good counselors are: doctors, care pastors at churches, family attorneys, or people who have experience with a particular counselor.  

 

TYPOLOGIES CAN BE HELPFUL, BUT POTENTIALLY LIMITING. Tests and typologies (Meyers-Briggs, the Enneagram, etc.) can be useful tools for more objectively understanding ourselves, but can lead to compartmentalization, stagnation, and compensation.  

 

 

 

RELATED LINKS:

Global Leadership Network 

The Global Leadership Summit 

Dr. Henry Cloud 

Paula Faris 

 FREE Event Featuring Liz Wiseman (November 4, 10:30am CT) 

Danielle Strickland on Identifying False Belief Systems 

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