Develop Leadership Skills to Avoid Being an Anxiety Carrier
Leadership is the art of getting someone else to do something you want doing because he wants to do it.
- Dwight Eisenhower
Think for a moment about how you feel when you’re performing at your best. What adjectives come to mind? Almost invariably they’re positive ones. You need to develop leadership skills with a focus on a positive attitude.
Anxiety may be a source of energy, and even occasionally motivation, but it comes with significant costs. Most often, it is detrimental to our motivation.
The more anxious we feel, the less clearly and imaginatively we think, and the more reactive and impulsive we become. That’s not good … and it also has huge implications if you’re in a supervisory or leadership role.
As a boss, your energy has a disproportionate impact on those you lead, by virtue of your authority. Put bluntly, any time your behavior increases someone’s anxiety — or prompts any negative emotions, for that matter — they’re less likely to perform effectively.
The more positive your energy is, the more positive their energy is likely to be, and the better the likely outcome. So building your leadership skills on this positive energy is an easy decision, eh?