In The Stress Effect, leadership expert Henry L. Thompson reveals that stress is often the culprit behind leadership failure. When leaders′ stress levels become sufficiently elevated, their ability
to call on both emotional and cognitive intelli–gences to make wise decisions is dramatically impaired. Experts have argued that increasing your emotional intelligence will help you cope with and manage stress. But Thompson clearly shows that stress actually blocks access to
your emotional intelligence as well as your
cognitive intelligence, two critical components
in the decision–making process.
Drawing on examples from Green Berets on the battlefield to top–level executives in the boardroom, The Stress Effect explains how to make good decisions under extreme stress. The book also demonstrates how we can all develop a "stress resilient system" by focusing on three key areas stress management capacity, cognitive resilience, and stress resilient emotional intelligence. Thompson also offers an innovative and solid prescription for managing specific stressors that have proven to take the biggest toll on the decision–making process.
The Stress Effect offers critical guidance for any leader under pressure, for those charged with selecting high–potential leaders, or for anyone who wants to understand how to manage stress in their own lives.
Praise for The Stress Effect
"Henry (Dick) Thompson tackles the secrets of effective leadership and decision making and does so with admirable insight, erudition, and authority. This is an
engaging must–read for executives, managers, and entrepreneurs aiming to
optimize their decision–making and leadership qualities."
Elkhonon Goldberg, clinical professor of neurology, NYU School of Medicine
"The Stress Effect is an amazing integration of how to use the power of our
unconscious and emotions to make rational decisions. It can help you develop
Richard E. Boyatzis, professor, Departments of Organizational Behavior,
Psychology, and Cognitive Science, Case Western Reserve University, and
coauthor, Primal Leadership and Resonant Leadership
"The Stress Effect is superbly written. Every leader can grow personally and
professionally from the information it presents on how stress impacts the quality and timeliness of decisions. It should be required reading for CEOs, members of the National Security Council, all military commanders, and university leaders."
Lieutenant General Russel L. Honoré, U.S. Army (Ret), former Comm–ander of First Army and Joint Task Force Katrina
"Thompson′s timely book helps us better understand and improve how we think, decide, and act in severe and time–pressed situations. Stress is the ultimate testing ground of our personal values processed through our decision–making faculties."
Aris Papadopoulos, CEO, Titan America
"Great leaders, as The Stress Effect tells us, make good decisions under bad conditions. Thompson offers original ideas and insights, honed through his rich experiences on the battlefield and as a consultant to C–level executives, which will season your decision–making judgment. Simply put, after reading The Stress Effect, you will be a much better leader who gets much better results."
Bill Treasurer, CEO, Giant Leap Consulting