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Good Leaders Manage Stressors, Bad Leaders Become Stressors

As shown by scientific research, giving stress is a highly effective way to reduce it.

Leaders can pass their anger and frustration on to their followers. Bad leaders, bosses, and managers are toxic stressors in the workplace. They make their employees’ lives miserable as their default stress-management strategy. Such aggressive behavior gives birth to a poisonous culture.

Stress is an inevitable result and a direct cause of poor leadership. The intricate relationship between stress and leadership hasn’t caught much attention.

Leading in Times of Uncertainty

Scientific research has shown that we need control and predictability as psychological safety signals when dealing with stressors. Whether we lose either, our fight-or-flight response kicks in. The toughest job for a leader is to provide the right amount of control and predictability to their employees.

The better a leader can create a sense of predictable outcomes and a sense of control within a business or organization, the less stress there will be. Neuroscience-powered leadership strategies aim to increase productivity and reduce burnout.

Most Requested Workshop: Neuroscience-Powered Leadership Training: How Good Leaders Mitigate Stressors to Beat Burnout ~ Explore the top five psychological safety signals we need to handle life and work stressors.

The Value of Control and Predictability

Uber and Lyft have built a highly successful business model by offering their drivers and customers a sense of control and predictability. Drivers set their own schedules, choose which rides to accept and decide how many hours to put in. They know they can always rely on this temporary gig for extra income. For those in a job transition, driving for Uber and Lyft reduces the anxiety in their job searches.

With this level of control and predictability, many drivers are willing to work for less than they would make at other jobs.

Customers also have control and predictability. When you order a ride, you will have several choices regarding pickup time and price. You will know your drop-off time. While waiting for your ride, you can see exactly where your driver is, so you feel at ease.

In the spring of 2024, the Minneapolis City Council voted to force Uber and Lyft to pay drivers more to meet the minimum wage standard. The two rideshare companies threatened to pull out of the market. The rippling effects of not having this valuable service caused many people and businesses to scramble. The city council focused only on the dollar amount of pay while ignoring the value of control and predictability that draws drivers to work for both companies.

Control is a zero-sum game. The city’s elected officials turned into stressors for the people and businesses they serve.

Empower Your Team with Neuroscience

Leaders and managers can help people feel more in control at every level of the organizational hierarchy. In the past, leadership depended on trial and error and anecdotal experiences to find solutions to complex problems. As a result, many costly mistakes and wasteful spending occurred.

As our understanding of human decision-making advances, we no longer resort to the old ways of developing new leaders or guiding leadership. You and your executive team will benefit significantly from having guidance from a seasoned Neuroscientist who understands both business operations and the science of human behavior.

Dr. Terry Wu is a highly sought-after speaker who has captivated millions with the fascinating Neuroscience of Leadership.

His insights have changed businesses, organizations, and lives. His ability to translate complex science into relatable stories and actionable practices is unmatched. Your business or organization will thrive in these uncertain times by working with him to craft proven, customized solutions.

Book Dr. Wu today and learn the cutting-edge strategies and tools to transform your business or organization.

Becky Amble Terry gave an excellent presentation today on the Science of Stress Reduction. He explained why leaders should understand the impact of stress on their decisions and their followers’ decisions. Our audience really appreciated the insights he shared. And because Terry is a neuroscientist, he actually talks about the science, not just Band-Aid ideas that don’t really work. His idea of reducing stress by doing positive instead of thinking positively is a breath of fresh air. Get in touch with Terry when your organization needs to understand better how to mitigate stress for your employees and improve their productivity. ~ Becky Amble, Marketing Leader and Philanthropist
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