I help leaders and organizations struggling with employee low engagement and turnover increase productivity and profits by speaking about exceptional leadership, effective ways to prevent and mitigate burnout and the hidden cost of workaholism.

I help organizations whose

leaders are struggling with disengaged employee, low productivity and turnover

implement and embody a

proven leadership framework

that foster high performing teams, increase productivity and maximize profits, even if they operate in rapidly

changing industries, face complex challenges, or are navigating the nuances of a remote work environment

Expertise

Hi there! I'm Carmen Paredes as the visionary behind Exceptional Leadership Solutions, my mission is to elevate individuals lives and aid organizations in maximizing return on investment. My intuitive and intentional leadership techniques are designed to transcend the existing inefficient dynamics in interactions between leaders and employees.

I'm passionate about sharing the leadership principles and actionable skills that I've refined in over two decades as an executive and leadership expert. These very skills have enabled me to achieve remarkable results, high performing and engaged teams in even the most demanding and challenging environments.

As a Latina leader, International TEDx speaker, Keynote speaker and Best Selling Author, I seamlessly integrates a diverse background, including an Engineering degree, an MBA from a prestigious institution, and a coaching certification accredited through the National Board of Certified Counselors.

Exceptional LEADERSHIP Solutions

Did you know that recent studies highlighting that when employees perceive their leaders don't care about their wellbeing beyond KPIs and metrics, organizations see a 30% decrease in productivity and a 25% higher rate of employee turnover?

Beyond financial implications, these issues lead to disengaged teams and a devastating sense of burnout, compromising both the financial and cultural aspects of an organization's long-term sustainability.

I firmly believe that the remedy for these issues lies in transforming the dynamics of teams in the organization, and it all start when leaders become exceptional.

Hire Carmen to Speak at your next event!

Carmen is a transformational speaker that understands the challenges and opportunities of the Corporate World. With her unique approach to leadership she promise to light the fire on your leaders, and employees alike.

Best Selling Author

Carmen has 4 published books including the best selling book: Beyond Certainty

Leading Intentionally

The Podcast where we dive deep into Leadership Transformation

Testimonials

Loree Phillip

Having Carmen Benton on our show was a true delight. Her expertise and engaging storytelling added immense value to our podcast, leaving our listeners eager for more and ready to take action! - Loree Philip, Daring to Leap

Jane Wareham

Carmen is a true ray of light and has immense experience and knowledge. Her energy is infectious and her voice needs to be heard! She brought so much value to my audience. Her ability to explain using real life examples made it simple and easy to understand. If you're looking for a speaker that is going to captivate your audience and keep it real - Carmen is it!

Theodora Vosse

Having Carmen as a podcast guest is an absolute delight. Her contribution to the episode is brimming with value and infectious energy, making it a truly enjoyable experience. I wholeheartedly cherished having her on the show and wholeheartedly endorse her as a guest. Her genuine vulnerability and unfiltered honesty are remarkably refreshing

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The Crucial Role of Leaders helping employees recover from a Work Addiction

May 13, 20243 min read

Leaders who actively promote and practice work-life balance contribute to a healthier, more productive workplace. By supporting employees in their journey to balance, companies can see a reduction in burnout rates, higher employee satisfaction, and, ultimately, a more committed and motivated workforce.” - Carmen Paredes

In today's high-speed business environment, work addiction is an all-too-common challenge, often masked by the guise of dedication and high performance. However, as we emerge with a deeper understanding of the importance of mental health, it is vital to address the aftermath of such challenges, particularly work addiction. Leaders play an indispensable role in this recovery process, guiding their teams toward sustainable work-life balance.

Carmen Paredes

Understanding Work Addiction

Work addiction, or 'workaholism', is characterized by an uncontrollable need to work as a coping or numbing mechanism. This compulsive behavior often stems from deep-rooted psychological issues such as the need for approval, fear of inadequacy, or the desire to escape emotional stress. The recovery from such a state is not just about working less, but about cultivating a healthy, balanced approach to work.

The Leader's Role

As leaders, the responsibility extends beyond mere project management and target achievements; it involves fostering a supportive environment that promotes well-being.

Here's how leaders can support their employees in achieving work-life balance post-recovery:

1. Modeling Healthy Behaviors

Leaders should set an example by maintaining balanced work habits themselves. This includes setting clear boundaries between work and personal life, taking regular breaks, and advocating for mental health days. When leaders practice what they preach, it encourages employees to follow suit.

Do you feel you are modeling the correct behaviors for your team members?

2. Creating an Open Environment

Encourage open discussions about mental health and work-life balance in the workplace. This can be done through regular check-ins and by providing a platform where employees feel safe to express concerns related to work stress or addiction.

Are you all work, work, work... or are you promoting a safe space for employees to ask for help if needed?

3. Offering Flexible Work Arrangements

Flexibility can be a tremendous aid in maintaining work-life balance. Offering options such as remote work, flexible hours, or a results-oriented work environment allows employees recovering from work addiction to ease back into a productive routine without overwhelming themselves. It also helps those employees on the brink of, not to get there.

Do you believe in the old school philosophy "butts on seats" or are you adapting the flexible work wave yourself?

4. Providing Access to Professional Help

Sometimes, professional intervention may be necessary to help employees deal with work addiction. Leaders can facilitate this by providing access to counseling services or employee assistance programs that specialize in such issues.

Did you know that with a coaching certification accredited through the National Board of Certified Counselors and as a recovering workaholic myself I help organizations and leaders address this very issue, costing so many resources in organizations today?

Schedule your free consultation today with this link.

5. Recognizing and Rewarding Balanced Success

Shift the focus from glorifying overwork to rewarding efficiency and balance in achievements. Recognize employees who accomplish their tasks within normal working hours, who innovate to improve processes, and who contribute positively to the team environment without sacrificing their well-being.

Imagine the day when those who are effective get rewarded more than those that have to work longer hours to get the same things done...

The Impact

Leaders who actively promote and practice work-life balance contribute to a healthier, more productive workplace. By supporting employees in their journey to balance, companies can see a reduction in burnout rates, higher employee satisfaction, and, ultimately, a more committed and motivated workforce.

Here is the important stuff: As we navigate the complexities of modern work cultures, the role of a leader is not just to lead in business but to lead in promoting the holistic well-being of their teams. The journey to recovery from work addiction is a pivotal opportunity to reset the norms and culture within a team, emphasizing that true dedication to work includes taking care of one's health and well-being.

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Carmen Paredes

International TEDx Speaker and Keynote Speaker, Best Selling Author, Leadership Expert. As the visionary behind Exceptional Leadership Solutions, Carmen’s mission is to elevate lives and aid organizations in maximizing return on investment. Her leadership techniques are designed to transcend the existing inefficient dynamics in interactions between leaders and employees.

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