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August 25th, 2009    

The physical and mental endurance of leaders is being tested like never before.

If the stress of being in a leadership role was a challenge before the economic crisis, how much worse is it for our leaders dealing with a prolonged recession, the threat or reality of being laid off, and low employee morale? The need to ensure our leaders are effectively managing the stress of leadership has only grown more critical. We know that you cannot always lighten the load placed upon your leaders, but there are ways you can strengthen leaders to help them effectively carry that load.

This interactive session will explain how leaders may effectively relieve the stress caused by being in a leadership role. Presenters will focus on how you can manage the stress of leadership in your life, and will present ideas for how to apply these methods in your organization.

In this session you will:

  • Analyze the stress of leadership — helping you understand what may be causing you and your leaders stress
  • Conduct a self-diagnostic — allowing you to recognize how you and your leaders look and feel when experiencing stress
  • Identify strategies for managing leadership stress — demonstrating how exercise, diet and social support helps you and your leaders manage stress
  • Explore organizational support mechanisms — sharing with you what leaders have told us they have, need and want from their organizations
  • Share best practices — incorporating what you are doing in your organization and sharing it with session attendees

About the Webcast Leaders:

Michael Campbell is a senior research analyst at the Center for Creative Leadership. His work focuses on understanding the behaviors and challenges of senior executive leaders including such topics as selection, sustaining tenure, and talent management. He currently manages CCL’s assessment database which contains leadership data on over eighty thousand individual leaders.

Sharon McDowell-Larson is a program associate at the Center for Creative Leadership. Her work focuses on helping senior leaders enhance their effectiveness by taking care of themselves physically. She came to CCL via the Olympic Training Center where she worked as an exercise physiologist. Her research background includes immune function and exercise, stress and coping strategies of elite athletes, physiological factors associated with improved endurance performance and executive fitness.

Vidula Bal is a member of the senior faculty at the Center for Creative Leadership where her role spans multiple functions. She has one foot in the open enrollment arena, training in programs such as the Leadership Development Program®, The Looking Glass Experience and Developing the Strategic Leader. She has another foot in the custom world where she designs and delivers innovative leadership development programs for clients around the world. She also works in the research arena. Her most recent publication, a book on leadership stress, was based on survey research indicating that leaders today are facing ever-increasing levels of stress.

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