Workshop on Leadership, Stress, and Burnout
Unfortunately, leaders have the power and privilege to pass their frustration and anger on to their employees with micromanagement, mandates, displacement aggression, and other toxic behaviors. In the workplace, poor leadership is the most common stressor, while good leadership is the most desired stress reducer.
- How can leaders avoid becoming their followers’ stressors?
- Why does self-care training set us up for failure?
He gives leaders science-proven tools to mitigate their stressors. He guides them to help their followers to manage stressors. More importantly, he teaches them how to avoid becoming their followers’ stressors.
Workshop: Transform Leadership by Beating High Stress and Burnout
By understanding the impacts of stress on the brain and human behavior, leaders can gain clarity on their roles in making their followers feel safe. They will equip themselves with science-proven tools and skills to make better decisions and produce more successful outcomes.
This engaging and content-rich workshop gives leaders a new lens to look at leadership through our understanding of universal human behavior.
- Explore the Connection between Leadership and Stress: Stress is a common cause and an inevitable outcome of poor leadership because it impairs decision-making.
- Learn the Neuroscience of Stress Response: Fear often triggers stress subconsciously. Our tendency to overestimate risks breeds more anxiety.
- Identify 5 Safety Signals to Reduce Stress: Control, predictability, progress, social support, and frustration outlets prevent stressors from causing chronic stress.
- Examine Common Stressors in the Workplace: Lack of control and predictability manifests as micromanagement, mandates, and ambiguous communications.
- Avoid Stress-Induced Toxic Behaviors: Leaders can pass their stress onto their followers and become their followers’ stressors.
- Distinguish Stressors from Stress: Actively mitigating employees’ stressors by leaders is much more effective than increasing stress tolerance through self-care.
- Design and Enhance Safety Signals: Increasing control, predictability, progress, social support, and outlets helps employees deal with work-related stressors.
- Understand the Biology of Burnout: Chronic stress changes brain chemistry and inevitably leads to burnout and depression. No one has unlimited tolerance for stress.
Target Audiences and Details:
- Business owners, C-suite executives, and senior leaders
- Elected leaders and government officials
- Managers and supervisors
- HR professionals and change management consultants
- Business consultants and coaches
- The workshop lasts 3-7 hours.
- The ideal audience size is 10 to 50 participants.
The Science of Stress and Burnout Prevention
There are thousands of self-care and resilience workshops out there. But nearly all of them are based on personal experience, anecdotes, or recycled content. They rarely address how to assess or handle stressors. Why are such workshops counterproductive or even harmful? When businesses and organizations require their employees to participate in such mandatory workshops, the hidden message to those employees is, “Your stress or burnout is your problem. So fix it.” When none of those breathing exercises works, employees feel like they are failures.
Growing scientific evidence demonstrates that stress affects our health and ability to make good decisions. Leaders often make bad decisions when under stress, causing more stress to themselves and their employees.
Good leaders can shift from the “band-aid” approach to a new, science-driven approach to reduce their followers’ stress and mitigate burnout.
Dr. Terry Wu, a renowned Neuroscientist and leadership speaker, teaches and facilitates this workshop. Dr. Wu turns complex science into real-world actions that will change how you manage stress. He gives you practical tools supported by decades of scientific research. More than 2 million people have found his insights fun and relatable.