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Leading Under Pressure

Leadership is difficult in this high-pressured business environment. When responsibilities are great and resources are limited, being effective and performing to standards that we accept of ourselves can be a constant battle.

Paying attention to the psychological warning signs that may indicate if a leader is too overwhelmed at work is a necessary step to being able to better deal with them.

Here are five key ones to look out for:

🌼 Decreased Concentration:

Overwhelmed leaders may find it challenging to concentrate on tasks. They might experience difficulty focusing or prioritising what’s most important, leading to distraction, decreased productivity and potential mistakes.

🌼 Impaired Decision-Making Ability:

Pressure often leads to elevated stress levels, which can impair cognitive functioning. Under high levels of stress, leaders may experience difficulty thinking clearly, processing information, and making rational decisions.

🌼 Loss of Enthusiasm:

When there is a loss of enthusiasm and motivation for work, leaders may also feel disillusioned, disengaged and lacking the drive and passion that once fuelled their professional endeavours.

This loss of motivation can lead to decreased performance, reduced innovation, and a sense of detachment from organisational goals.

🌼 Increased Irritability:

Overwhelmed leaders may exhibit heightened irritability, moodiness, or emotional volatility. They might become easily frustrated with colleagues, react impulsively to situations, or display signs of agitation and impatience, which can strain work relationships and team morale.

🌼 Social Withdrawal:

Overwhelmed leaders may withdraw socially, avoiding interactions with colleagues or isolating themselves from their team. They might decline networking invitations, become less communicative, or retreat into solitude, which can hinder effective collaboration and communication within the organisation.

Awareness of these warning signs can help leaders recognise when they are overwhelmed so they can take proactive steps to address their stress levels and prioritise what’s necessary. Seeking support and implementing effective stress tolerance techniques are essential for maintaining resilience and leadership effectiveness.

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