So what, specifically, can leaders do to better manage their stress?
The authors offer eight useful tips:
1. Know the signals - pay attention to your body's response to stress.
2. Create a ritual - make it a habit to have a stress break.
3. Get away - find effective ways to set boundaries between work and home.
4. Build a support system - build a network of people who can assist you at
work and therefore alleviate some of the stress you feel.
5. Regroup on the task - look for ways to organize and streamline your work.
6. Recover - build time into your routine to recharge.
7. Redefine balance - link balance to your values and choose activities that
support those values.
8. Exercise - create a regular exercise regimen, which can help you regulate
emotions, induce relaxation and increase self-esteem.
According to CCL's 2006 Stress of Leadership research study, 80 percent of leaders surveyed reported that work is a primary source of stress in their lives and that having a leadership role only increases that level of stress. More than two-thirds of these leaders also believe their stress level was higher than it was five years earlier. Further, 60 percent of leaders cited their organizations as failing to provide them with the tools they need to manage stress.
Webinar and Publications
On October 2 from 1:00-2:00 pm (ET), Vidula Bal, Michael Campbell and
Sharon McDowell-Larsen will be leading a Webinar during which they will
discuss practical strategies for identifying and managing leadership
stress. Registration details are available at:
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