One of the biggest challenges you may face as a leader at any level is the stress that comes from one or more sources:
- Internal stress: The thoughts, worries or fears that generate negative emotions and keep you awake at night. You’ll know one of these because they usually start with two words: “What if I can’t deliver? What if I get fired because I can’t meet unrealistic expectations? What if the wrong president gets elected? What if … (insert worst case scenario here)?”
- External stress: When you are the recipient of other people’s demands or a problem which is now yours to figure out or solve given your all-too-limited resources.
- People stress: The perceived or actual problem of dealing with a conflict among your team or with difficult (or just plain crazy) people, bosses, team members, board members or spouses.
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