businessweeklogo¬†Effective leaders know that stress can be a good thing. It keeps you focused. It makes you competitive. It prompts action. If you’re walking into a big client meeting or giving an important speech and you aren’t at least a little anxious about it, you aren’t going to do a good job.

But stress can also turn toxic, especially in the brutal economic environment we’re in. Long hours, layoffs, and fear of what may be around the corner take a real toll. In more than 40 years of service in the military, higher education, and nonprofits, I’ve found that managing leadership stress comes down to a handful of critical elements: maintaining perspective, exercising, opening up, welcoming feedback, streamlining, and recharging. In trying to lead through this treacherous economy, I’m relying on those principles now more than ever.

Another excellent article by John Ryan from Center for Creative Leadership… Read it here.

Six Ways to Manage Leadership Stress
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