Managing Leadership Anxiety: Yours and Theirs

Leadership anxiety has more to do with emotional subtext than workload. When ‘try harder’ and ‘more of the same’ doesn’t work, you can access a whole other gear by looking under the surface.

  • Name and move through triggers and sources of anxiety bubbling underneath.
  • Learn how to reduce your reactivity.
  • Become a non-anxious presence and notice when anxiety is becoming contagious in a group.
  • Notice recurring patterns in relationships that keep them stuck or make them worse.
  • Discover what you are holding and what is holding you.
  • Pay attention to the way people relate as much as what they say. 

Whether you lead a team, a staff, a family or an organization, or if you find yourself in recurring habits and patterns, you can use the material on this site to access tools that help.

The Book: Available April 9 2019


1. The Anxiety Gap

2. Anxiety, Freedom, and How the Gospel Works

3. Sources of Internal Anxiety

4. Idols, Vows, and the Story We Tell Ourselves

5. Sources of Relational Anxiety

6. Applying Family Systems to Leadership

7. Tools That Diffuse Anxiety

8. Genograms: What Has Been Handed Down

9. Verbatims: Knowing How You Show Up

10. A Wider Scope and a Deeper Capacity

The Podcast

Listen as guests discuss their own leadership challenges, what makes them anxious, what they do when they are stuck. Some of our guests offer specific tools to help you deal with internal and relational anxiety.

Upcoming guests include: Kay Warren, Ron Edmondson, Glenn Packiam, Sherry Surratt, Marshall Shelley, Geoff Surratt, Makoto Fujimara, Nancy Ortberg, Jay Pathak.

Upcoming tools Include: Genograms, Internal Family Systems, Differentiation.

Show Notes: Makoto Fujimura

  Makoto Fujimura is both a world renowned contemporary fine artist in the Nihonga tradition and he is also a craftsman with words, authoring Silence and Beauty and Culture Care. You can follow Makoto on his own website here. Makoto covers a wide range of topics. He...

Show Notes: Marshall Shelley

Marshall Shelley is Director of Doctor Of Ministry at Denver Seminary.He previously served at Christianity Today and Leadership Journal and brings a wealth of experience and wisdom to any leadership discussion. Marshall was kind enough to share a common source of...

Show Notes: Kay Warren

Kay Warren is a force of nature and a tragic family circumstance has forged her to be both a powerful pastoral presence and also highly empathic. I was struck by just how much of her own humanity Kay brings to everything. It was an honor to visit with her. Kay...