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New Leaders: Got Power Stress?

3 Steps to LEVERAGE Power Stress for Leaders at All Levelsleverage stress

Did you know that 47% of newly hired or recently promoted Senior Executives get fired or quit within the first 18 months on the job? But I”m not a Senior Executive or “Leader” … you say.  Why would you let that stop you from learning from their mistakes?

Why? One reason is poor performance, another is burn up and burn out caused by the stress from the inability to get onboard with the “human side” of the success equation fast enough:  Connecting and building trust  with your new team!

Not just any stress is the culprit … Power Stress*, a unique type of stress experienced by those who are responsible for the well being of others – your team, your employees and possibly even your clients.

Unrecognized and unresolved stress Power Stress will paralyze your ability to think quickly and use your intuition to make the right decisions? Because stress is contagious, your team suffers, too … especially when you need then the most!

If you are a newly hired or recently promoted leader building trust with your new team is essential for success in your new role.

Beware … awareness is overrated!

If you don’t have an executable accountability plan for WHAT, WHEN & HOW TO you could find that the fall down the corporate ladder is much swifter than the climb up …

What if you had a 3 Step Approach to Leverage Power Stress so you can reduce, manage and yes, even leverage the inevitable people challenges that come with your new position …

If you don’t yet have an executable plan for making lasting change – make one.  To qualify for a complimentary, no obligation Leadership Strategy Session click here.

To Your Sustainable Leadership!


P.S. Now booking for 2014 for keynote or meeting presentations. Contact Christina to inquire about her most popular presentations or to book your event today:      3 Steps to Leverage Stress for Leadership Success!

*Power Stress or Leadership Stress was originally described by Dr. Richard Boyatzis, et. al in Resonant Leadership

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Leaders: How to Manage Work Stress So You Can Leave Work at Work & Become a Sustainable Leader

Leaders:  You cannot lead with excellence if stress is an underlying problem!  To become a sustainable leader, you must first resolve or eliminate unnecessary stress:

For your free video:  7 Simple Strategies to Eliminate Stress for Busy Managers & Leaders – Get access now by signing up for access to the video to your right:

Here’s a terrific article on how to manage work stress for everyday or extraordinary leaders:

5 Daily Rituals to Manage Work Stress 

How ordinary (and extraordinary) leaders can use the practice of mindfulness to feel happier, satisfied and more productive at work.  Oh, and leave WORK at work so you can truly enjoy your family time … read Judy Martin’s blog post on Forbes.com here: 5 Daily Rituals to Manage Work Stress

Post below and share your favorite daily rituals to manage work stress:



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Leadership & Stress: What do sustainable leaders know that you could be missing?

Leaders: Recognize the effects of power stress now to avoid burn up or burnout!

Leaders today face many unique challenges. Being a leader has several inherent benefits as well as challenges. One challenge is “power stress” which results from the demand for influencing others and the increased responsibility of a CEO’s high level position.

Power stress is considered to be part of the unique experience of being in a leadership role which results from constantly having to exercising influence on others and the subsequent sense of responsibility felt by those in leadership positions.

  • Are you on your way to burning out?
  • Do you sometimes feel isolated?
  • Do people really tell you the truth or what you want to hear?
  • Would you listen if they did? (That’s another topic …)

Other signs of impending burn out are:

  • dissatisfaction with work or home life
  • irritability
  • restlessness
  • reduced creativity
  • high distractability
  • difficulty focusing
  • poor decision-making
  • relationship problems at home or work
  • depression
  • anxiety
  • decreased sexual drive or performance
  • increased alcohol use
  • gastrointestinal problems
  • ulcers
  • chronic back pain
  • high blood pressure
Recognize these signs and take ACTION for your confidential executive coaching consultation before it’s too late and you end up in the doctor’s office, the marriage counselor’s office, the attorney’s office or the ER (and before you get fired)!

Stay tuned* for Part 2:  Leaders:  10 easy ways to reverse the effects of power stress, avoid burnout & feel more productive, satisfied and happier in just a few minutes a day

And Part 3:  Leaders: 7 signs your stress is effecting your team’s productivity

*Sign up here to receive the free audio “Avoid the 3 Biggest Team De-motivators (& 5 Strategies to Motivate Your Team Now!) to get access to more Tips & Strategies for Sustainable Leaders including FREE Monthly Q & A Tele-seminars


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Being a leader has several inherent benefits as well as challenges.  One challenge is “power stress” which results from the demand for influencing others and the increased responsibility of the position (McClelland, 1985).

Power stress is considered to be part of the experience resulting from exercising this influence and the subsequent sense of responsibility felt by those in leadership positions.

Richard Boyatzis (2006), Professor in the Departments of Organizational Behavior, Psychology, and Cognitive Science at Case Western Reserve University, who has written over 100 articles and authored six books in the subject,  several with Daniel Goleman (Emotional Intelligence) and published numerous studies in the field of leadership, emotional intelligence and neuroscience, proposes that leaders who are able to develop others through adopting a coaching engagement, are able to significantly lower this stress at a neurological level, which in turn has a positive ripple effect for the coachee, the coach, the coachee’s peers, customers and the organization as a whole.

Get free resources to find out how you can lower your stress level with tools to easily engage in a conversation focused on developing others at Sustainable Leadership, Inc.