How To Remain at Your Most Resourceful & Constructive, Even Under Pressure

Modern neuroscience has helped us identify three leadership styles and their underlying emotional and behavioural profiles. These profiles address, among others, the struggles of leaders when under pressure - struggles that involuntarily result in impulsive and unskilful behaviour. Most leaders tend to have one of these profiles as their primary leadership style.

Each profile has it its own specific set of closely linked functional and dysfunctional behaviours and leaders move back and forth along this spectrum.

NOW, this is to say that all leaders will lead well in a particular way and lead badly in a particular way.

Learning to identify the key TRIGGERS that involuntarily push you in the dysfunctional direction may help you to develop practical new strategies for avoiding these triggers, managing your feelings more effectively when they cannot be avoided, and thus remaining at your most resourceful and constructive as a leader, even under pressure. Luckily, the key triggers of each profile are known and generic.

How do you, as a leader, tend to struggle to handle your emotions and behaviour effectively when under pressure? Do you primarily fail to control your anger? Or do you avoid conflict? Or do you disengage emotionally?

By Patrik Andersson, executive coach at Amazing Leaders

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