There will be anxiety
Anxiety and Leadership
It is important to recognize that anxiety exists at all levels. In a recent survey, 37% of respondents reported experiencing symptoms of anxiety in the workplace. The symptoms were reported by individuals across levels, from frontline to executive employees. Events, like the COVID-19 pandemic, undoubtedly contribute to periods of even greater anxiety levels that teams should acknowledge.
When anxiety levels are high, the stress hormone, cortisol, essentially halts creativity and productivity. Stalled progress is something most organizations can’t afford. Team members often look to leaders to help pull them through times of high stress. However, this may seem daunting for leaders experiencing the same anxieties.
Keeping themselves and their teams connected and focused on what matters most can help leaders move forward and build the emotional stamina of the team.