Do you face a steady onslaught of internal and external pressures you are not trained to handle? Does the resulting anxiety get in the way of your ability to be an effective leader? When you and those around you are anxious, keeping all of you “stuck” in chronic unhealthy patterns, do you even notice?
If your answer is yes to any of these questions, you are not alone. You are like most leaders. But there is help for you and those you serve. In Managing Leadership Anxiety, pastor and spiritual growth expert Steve Cuss offers powerful tools to help you move from being managed by anxiety to managing anxiety.
Most of us focus on skill development to hone our gifts, but too often neglect the most powerful leadership tool—awareness of what is happening under the surface. All manner of triggers and stories we tell ourselves bubble just below our conscious awareness. This takes energy to manage, especially when we’re not aware of it or when we’re reacting unconsciously to anxiety in someone else.
Managing Leadership Anxiety will help you develop the capacity to notice your and your group’s anxiety—where change and health really occur. Personal self-awareness will grow as you learn how self gets in the way of identifying and addressing issues. Your sensitivity will increase to the ways a group of people like a family or a staff develop systemic anxiety that keeps them stuck. You’ll become adept at seeing who rescues who? Who always bulldozes over people? Who gets the last word? Who rescues who? Who stays silent but talks behind others’ backs?
Whether you lead an organization, a family, a department, or if you just want to understand a difficult relationship in your life, here is a book that offers valuable tools to those who want to understand and the source of the anxiety in themselves and the people with whom they relate so they can lead and relate in mature and vibrant ways.