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Leading under pressure

Leading under pressure

strategy-business.com

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Pressure is a double-edged sword

Pressure can spur you on, but it can also become an obstacle to performance and achievement. It can overwhelm a leader and cause missteps.

Pressure grows more intense across three elements:

  • How much something matters.
  • How uncertain the outcome is.

Being connected to the importance of what you are doing is a powerful motivational force. But during peak pressure moments, importance can rise to an unhealthy level and can derail a cause - all you can think about is how important the stakes are and what you might gain and l...

  • Ask yourself what is not at stake. For example, your family will still wait for you at home, regardless of how the presentation to the board goes.
  • Avoid the anxiety spiral. Leaders tend to exaggerate the stakes in peak pressure moments. "I'm not ...

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