Editor’s note: The following text is an excerpt from the book Stress-free leadership by Dr. Nadine Greiner.
There is no magic formula to eliminate all symptoms of stress and prevent all stress. So it’s important to keep experimenting with what works for you. Over time, you will find that you can say goodbye to stress.
Through years of working with executives and companies, I have found that a manager’s ability to overcome stress depends on four steps. These four steps give you a stepping stone to action. I call them the four “I’s”: ignite, initiate, implement and inspire.
1. Switch on
It’s easy to think of stress as a natural part of life, an inevitable and uncontrollable force. But you have to strive for positive change. You need to be willing to be vulnerable and make a conscious effort to look deep inside and outside of yourself. In your quest to become an effective leader, you must strive to address stress on an individual and organizational level, realizing that the former must be addressed before the latter. You need to start by exploring the role stress plays in your leadership life.
Once you are ready to deal with stress, the next question is, “How do I start?” Dealing with stress takes a multi-faceted approach. On a personal level, you need to identify your internal stressors like pessimism or perfectionism and your external stressors like angry customers or insufficient resources. A similar level of awareness should be present at the organizational level. You can diagnose stress through ratings, surveys, interviews, and other means to really understand the nature of the problem.
In order to start a successful stress management, the detection is of crucial importance. Techniques like asking, “What’s the worst that can happen?” It can motivate you to take action by realizing that the cost of inaction is high.
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Effective leaders promote stress management by harnessing the brain’s neuroplasticity. Research shows that stress-related damage can be repaired and the brain can be rewired. To truly say goodbye to stress, leaders need to attack it from five angles: cognitive, emotional, interpersonal, physical, and spiritual. Logic games or memory problems can improve your ability to focus on and store important information and improve your cognitive functions. Improved listening, self-awareness, and understanding your perspective will enable you to gain high levels of emotional intelligence and increase your emotional capacity. Improving social skills strengthens your interpersonal relationships and improves your team’s morale.
A focus on exercise, better sleep patterns, and healthy eating will increase your energy levels and improve your physical functioning. After all, prayer, meditation, and other spiritual rituals are key to finding your purpose in life and waking up inspired every morning.
To run a business, regardless of its size, you need to know how to deal with difficult situations every day. Image: Depositphotos.com.
With all of these tips, leaders can begin their stress resistance efforts and figure out how to deal with it on a daily basis. This is often the hardest part of the process as it is an unfamiliar area and requires a lot of increasing pain. Rest assured that with dedicated efforts you can be successful. All you have to do is get started.
As executives continue their search, they need to put in place a plan to deal with the daily stress. This is the implementation phase. A key component of this phase is prevention. While leaders need to learn how to deal with stress, they also need to implement strategies to keep him from straightening his ugly head. At the organizational level, a successful implementation has many components and is best when supported by an executive coach Trainer.
The ultimate goal of a leader is to live a stress-free life in leadership. Stress has a profound impact on your longevity. To fight this, you need to consider the various aspects of your life, including pets, travel, time, belonging, and nature that affect your longevity. Stress affects the way you see the world and whether you wake up each day empowered by a greater purpose.
In order to lead a life of stress-free leadership, organizational changes must be brought about. Your work environment has a profound impact on your longevity. From job security to health insurance and wellness programs, workplace policies affect your wellbeing. You can step up efforts to develop an employee support program or implement wellness programs such as yoga classes to create a stress-free environment. Large companies take leisure policies, wage differentials, benefits, and other aspects of their business into account when creating policies to combat stress.
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