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Managing Leadership Anxiety: Yours and Theirs

Leaders face a steady onslaught of internal and external pressures we are not trained to handle. We focus on skill development and hone our gifts but too often neglect the most powerful leadership tool: awareness of what is happening under the surface.
All manner of triggers, stories we tell ourselves and reactivity bubble just under our conscious awareness. This takes energy to manage, especially when we’re not aware of it or when we’re reacting unconsciously to anxiety in someone else. The tools in this book help you move from being managed by anxiety to managing anxiety, both yours and theirs.
“Theirs” because a leader is not the only person whose anxiety gets in the way. A group of people like a family or a staff can develop a systemic anxiety that keeps them stuck. You can notice not just your own or another’s anxiety, but also your entire organization’s or family’s anxiety. Who rescues who? Who always bulldozes over people, who gets the last word? Who stays silent and then calls a ‘meeting after the meeting’ to talk behind others’ backs? Most powerfully: how is your organization or family ‘stuck’ in a chronic pattern?
This book helps you develop the capacity to notice not only your own anxiety, but also your entire group’s anxiety. This is where change and health really occur. Whether you lead an organization, a family or a department or if you just want to understand a difficult relationship in your life, these tools can give you new options. 

 

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An Excerpt from the Introduction:

…A leader is not the only person whose anxiety gets in the way. A group of people like a family or a staff can develop a systemic anxiety that keeps them stuck. Once we’ve covered some individual tools that help diffuse anxiety, we’ll focus on group dynamics and how a leader can bring significant health to their team by addressing recurring relational patterns. You can notice not just your own or another’s anxiety, but also your entire organization’s or family’s anxiety. Who always bulldozes over people, who gets the last word? Who stays silent and then calls a “meeting after the meeting” to talk behind others’ backs? Most powerfully: How is your organization or family stuck in a chronic pattern?

As you work through this material you will develop the capacity to notice not only your own anxiety, but also your entire group’s anxiety…