other people, and situations.
And how they see
themselves, other people, and the situations around
them affects how they treat them. And how they treat
them is often the way they become. Confident
recruiters see themselves as effective public speakers
and those around them as interesting as well as
Their speaking engagements have the
probability of turning out well with very little negative
effects of stress. Recruiters with low self-concepts are
in a Catch-22 situation. The lower their self-esteem,
the poorer their performances; the poorer their
performance, the lower their self-esteem. Our job is
to stop that vicious circle and restore the recruiters
confidence. With proper training, we can get them
back on track and minimize the negative effects of
TYPE A BEHAVIOR
Weve heard a lot about type A personalities
lately. Actually we should be talking about type A
behaviors. Often called the Hurry Sickness, type A
behavior is often found in the aggressive, overachiever
type of individual.
Type A Behavior Questionnaire
A typical questiomaire is included here as figure
3-8. Take a few minutes to answer the questions.
Dont panic if you wind up exhibiting type A
behavior. Originally, it was considered to be a bad
health risk to be a type A. Recent studies have shown
that only when these behaviors lead to anger are they
truly harmful to your cardiac health.
Controlling Type A Behavior
Take a look at your list. Some type A behaviors
have contributed to your success and you wont want
to change them. There may be others that you feel
you could work on. The idea is to reduce the amount
of distress that you normally have so when a new
stressor is introduced, you are better able to handle it.
We need to learn to let go of behaviors that are not
helpful. If you have picked a behavior that you feel
you would like to change, make a step-by-step plan to
actually make it happen.
Be patient; behaviors are
difficult to change overnight.
SYMPTOMS OF MISMANAGED STRESS
You need to be able to recognize the signs and
symptoms of mismanaged stress in yourself as well as
your subordinates. Be observant. Look for changes
in behavior. If they have always exhibited one of the
symptoms, it may be a part of their personality and
not necessarily a sign of mismanaged stress. This is
one more example of why knowing your people is
such an important facet of leadership. The following
list provides a few of the more common symptoms to
watch out for:
l Loss of productivity
l Loss of concentration
l Impulsive behavior
l Changes in eating habits
l Loss of flexibility
l Loss of confidence
. Changes in sleeping habits
l Sexual problems
l Negative attitude
l Drinking/smoking more
Once you have identified symptoms of
mismanaged stress, you should talk with the
individuals to find out what sources of stress they are
confronting. You may be able to provide relief for
some of the sources of stress. Others will be beyond
your control. Regardless, establishing a supportive
avenue of release should always be of benefit.
Since stress is a fact of life, we should develop
techniques to manage its effects.
manage stress include analyzing our demands, our
habits, and our thinking.