Ask any CEO or executive what his or her most pressing business-related health concern is and it’s almost guaranteed the answer will include stress. While long hours and daunting responsibilities may seem impossible to overcome, there are ways to minimize workplace stress and balance a harmonious inner self with everyday work musts.
In The Stress Effect: Why Smart Leaders Make Dumb Decisions–And What to Do About It, author Henry L. Thompson argues that stress is often the real reason behind leadership failures: When stress levels soar, leaders’ ability to effectively use their emotional intelligence and cognitive ability to make smart decisions is significantly impaired.
A senior executive and organizational psychologist with more than 30 years of leadership experience – from the battlefield to the boardroom, Thompson knows a thing or two about stress. In his book, Thompson suggests stress actually blocks access to your emotional intelligence as well as your cognitive ability, components that are vital in the decision-making process.
To remedy the problems stress can cause in the corporate world, he details how leaders can use performance aids to make better decisions under stress and gives them pointers on the best practices for building a stress-resilient system, both for themselves and within their business.
Published last month by Jossey-Bass, this new book is an insightful new resource for stressed-out leaders, a dialogue on stress, its effect on decision making, and what steps to take to eliminate it.