Neuroscience of Leadership Speaker Trainer

Toxic Resilience Exacerbates Burnout

Resilience is a major buzzword in corporate leadership and HR circles when addressing the crushing burnout crisis.

Self-care has become the antidote for the workplace burnout epidemic. Its core belief is that employees can handle more stress with self-care tools. As a result, employers require their workers to attend regular, mandatory resilience training.

Research has confirmed that such training fails to make workplaces more productive or enhance anyone’s well-being. The positive impact is minimal after the speaker or trainer gets off the stage. One month later, there is almost no detective effect. On the surface, resilience training seems like a benevolent attempt to equip employees with healthy coping strategies.

However, these programs often enable toxic patterns that blame individuals while ignoring dysfunctional systems and poor leadership.

Toxic Resilience Blames the Victims

What passes for resilience training is often a thinly veiled attempt to convince employees they should tolerate increasingly untenable job demands and workplace dysfunction.

When management mandates that employees endure such worthless training regularly, it sends a hidden message, “This is your problem. You fix it or tough it out.”

It is the perfect way for leaders to unburden themselves from the responsibility of caring for their employees. But it demoralizes those who have to absorb the toll of extreme workloads, unrealistic expectations, resource constraints, and poor management.

By focusing solely on resilience, organizations shift the responsibility for managing stress from the institution to the individual. Employees find themselves trying to tackle problems beyond their control. When leaders fail to fix a dysfunctional system that is the source of chronic stress, they fuel the burnout crisis.

Most Requested Training: The Neuroscience of Leadership Workshop: Beating Burnout, Transforming Leadership with Neuroscience ~ Explore the role of leaders in curbing the burnout epidemic.

How Leaders Can Reduce Stress and Burnout

A highly effective way to reduce stress is to pass it on to someone else.

Leaders have the power to do just that. Such harmful behavior explains why poor leadership is a ubiquitous source of chronic stress and burnout in the workplace.

Resilience training misses the mark by focusing on passively coping with stress instead of actively mitigating stressors. Decades of scientific research have shown that we can effectively handle stressors through control, predictability, and progress.

Ethical leaders create psychologically safe workplaces where people have autonomy, choices, and clear communication. They also provide the resources and support necessary for employees to handle reasonable demands.

When leaders are under a lot of pressure but don’t know how to cope, they often resort to the default way to reduce stress by dumping it on their employees.

Good leaders mitigate stressors. Bad leaders become them.

Reduce Burnout with Neuroscience

Dr. Terry Wu teaches leaders how to handle life and work stressors for themselves and their teams. He has distilled a large body of applicable knowledge from Neuroscience research and created easy-to-implement strategies and tools.

His insights guide leaders in avoiding becoming their employees’ stressors.

Dr. Wu delivers his Neuroscience-powered leadership training through his captivating keynotes and workshops. Don’t wait until chronic stress and burnout erode your culture! Schedule Dr. Wu to talk with your leadership team and empower them to lead by science, not by chance.

Terri Mattson Terry’s talk on “The Science of Stress Reduction” clears up and answers questions regarding why and how we react under stress. You know you can’t control it, but why? Terry gives his audience a new, fascinating way to assess stressors. He provides a scientific framework built on having control, predictability, and progress. He breaks down the science in an interesting and factual way so you can begin to understand the pathways to breaking free and acquiring new habits to help you deal with stress. He discusses triggers and how to block them, as well as clearly defining the body and brain’s response to various situations. Terry captivates his audience with his knowledge of the brain while sharing techniques so you control your automatic response. Fight or flight? Terry explains it all. I highly recommend inviting Terry to speak to your audience or team because his insights are so helpful in reducing stress and burnout. ~ Terri Mattson, Life Coach, Beginning Today Lifestyle Wellness
Check Dr. Wu's Availability Keynote Speaker Neuroscience of Leadership