Being the [Big] Boss Isn’t So Stressful After All – David Rock – Harvard Business Review

Being the Boss Isn't So Stressful After All - David Rock - Harvard Business Review

Being the Boss Isn’t So Stressful After All – David Rock – Harvard Business Review.

A fascinating read from the Harvard Business Review positing that working at the top of an organization may be less stressful than being in the first level ranks of management.

The article makes links to new research in neuroscience on what the brain perceives as threats or rewards in five key areas:  Status, Certainty, Autonomy, Relatedness, and Fairness.

The argument they advance is that though the stress at the top is great, this can be counterbalanced by the gains in status, certainty and autonomy, while first level managers are becoming more and more stressed because they are losing ground in these areas.

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One thought on “Being the [Big] Boss Isn’t So Stressful After All – David Rock – Harvard Business Review

  1. I agree. One of the biggest stressors in not being having a measure of control; while none of us is an island, as one moves up the chain, the greater degree of influence and ‘control’ helps manage the other demands.

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