If as a leader of the pack you want to lead others to maximum performance with fun, then you have to withstand stress. You also have to lead safely and well under time pressure and emotional stress.
Stress at work is one of the biggest challenges of the modern working world. The job stress index of Health Promotion Switzerland shows that one in four workers in the workplace is stressed and feels exhausted. And another 47% of the workforce is in the sensitive area, where the available resources are just enough for the workload.
A study done by the Federal Institute for Occupational Safety and Health states that particularly poor leadership places employees under severe stress. Too tight controls and micromanagement increase the pressure.
What is stress? Negative stress is physical and psychological stress that is perceived as unpleasant. Stress manifests itself e.g. in feeling that you do not have enough time for the important tasks to perform them as well as you think they require. Under stress, we think less clearly and fall back into old patterns of behavior and emotional reaction rather than acting objectively.
Under time pressure or information overflow stress hormones are released in the organism. The body prepares to either fight or flee. This has consequences for the leadership work. The attention span narrows. Things that sting your eyes are not visible anymore. You can not remember the same amount of information anymore.
One of the causes of rising stress is our so-called VUCA world, a world that is becoming increasingly volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous. Over the past 20 years, the number of decisions a leader has to take each day has quadrupled. And the amount of information available has skyrocketed.
Good task and employee-oriented leadership prevents stress. Clear goals, a clear sense of purpose and tangible appreciation reduce stress and increase motivation.
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