The Stress of Leadership

Payal Sharma

Levitt Auditorium • October 27 • 7:10 pm

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The role of a leader is multi-faceted—it includes motivating and coaching employees, controlling and directing resources, and making high visibility decisions. These responsibilities not only contribute to leaders’ experiences with, and levels of, stress, but also hint at the magnitude of impact that leader stress may have on organizational vitality and employee well-being. Accordingly, I will share findings from management research and practice regarding three inter-related topics: (1) what sources of stress exist uniquely for leaders; (2) implications of leader stress management and coping for their employees and organizations, including to what extent does stress cascade in work settings; and (3) how to promote and nurture ourselves as leaders–in mind, body and spirit.