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Leadership in Action: In Focus—Managing Stress—Surviving the Pressure Cooker by Sharon McDowell-Larsen, Michael Campbell, Vidula Bal

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WAYS TO ADAPT

Stress is a part of everyday life, but the consequences of stress can be serious. Leaders in many organizations feel the toll of stress, but by understanding the nature of that stress, leaders can find ways to adapt and therefore be more effective over a long career.

Some stress is normal—even desirable and healthy—such as the stress experienced in competitive sports. The stress of pressure and performance can also be useful in leadership roles. But negative stress that arises from a lack of resources is largely detrimental to health and performance. When stress is overwhelming or constant, it can cause mental and emotional difficulties as well as heart disease, obesity, asthma, ulcers, and allergies.

If you are overstressed but ...

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