Leaders know all about stress. It comes with the territory. Many successful business leaders have developed their individual personal strategies to mitigate the negative impacts of stress – from physical exercise to various meditation and mindfulness techniques, all have something to offer in the fight against stress.
It’s important that they do; left unchecked, stress can be incredibly harmful and destructive. The list of cognitive problems stress can generate includes memory problems; poor judgment; negativity; anxiety; racing, random thoughts; constant worry and lack of concentration. Basically, all the psychological flaws that an effective business leader needs to avoid at all costs. There’s little or no chance of making sound business decisions with any one of those distracting your mind, let alone a whole bunch of them at once.
2020 has conjured up a perfect storm of additional nightmare factors for business leaders, taking potential stress levels way over the normal ‘red-line’. Covid-19, the imminent full impact of Brexit, continuing uncertainty about future regulatory frameworks, political upheavals on the global stage – it’s hard to imagine a more toxic stress potage.
If leadership isn’t dealing well with high-stress situations, naturally the entire management team and staff are likely to notice and be affected too. Think short tempers, arrogant communications or other atypical behaviours; all may have a potential impact on morale – and low morale so often leads to reduced productivity and performance, which connects directly and negatively to the company’s bottom line.
What can top managers do to help stay mentally, emotionally and physically fit to deal with these challenges? After all, they’re all only human, not supermen and women.
Leadership can be a lonely place at times; who does the CEO turn to for a private and personal chat about how they feel? Sometimes there’s huge value in a ‘fresh pair of eyes’, maybe helping to get a more objective view of the problems. This is where a professional mentor or coach often demonstrates the great added value they can bring to many tough situations. A good coach will help a leader to find strengths in themselves that maybe they didn’t know they had.
To support their senior leadership clients, Anthony Gregg has developed a bespoke range of coaching, mentoring and other professional support services specifically designed to help business leaders to unlock their full inner strengths and resilience and turn potentially destructive stresses into positive energy to power their teams and their businesses forward. It’s probably never been more needed.