There is a common belief that leadership positions carry lower levels of stress than non-leadership positions based on measured lower Cortisol Hormone levels as well as self-reported anxiety levels. This premise was confirmed by an article titled, Leadership is Associated With Lower Levels of Stress, written by Gary D. Shermana, Jooa J. Leea, Amy J. C. Cuddyb, Jonathan Renshonc, Christopher Oveisd, James J. Grosse and Jennifer S. Lerner – Harvard.
The concept seemed to rest partially in the fact that, even in primates, higher status lowers stress with the findings being that the more sense of control an individual or primate has, the lower their stress level will be.
While this is proven and makes complete sense, my question is what happens to the leader when they are struggling with their sense of control or lack of control? What effect does a stressful event or prolonged stress beyond normal levels cause in judgment, emotional IQ (EQI) and overall ability to prioritize actions and decisions?
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