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Approximately 60,000 people die every year due to pressure-related complications. The pressure is often constant, with a high possibility of causing harm to emotional, psychological, and physical human health. It mainly results from extreme expectations and disappointments in progress being made.

The workplace is a major source of pressure for at least 80% of employees complaining about the stress levels it causes. More than 50% of workers even wish to quit their jobs. Leaders are high up on the list of people who work in an environment and conditions that can easily cause pressure-related health complications. The following are ways in which leaders can healthily and productively handle pressure:


1. Focus on the Set Goals

An organization with a good management system should have targets to meet and a strategic plan to help achieve them. A leader should focus on the realistic expectations of a company. They are servants to the organization’s purpose and can avoid high-pressure situations by managing expectations.

2. Assign Tasks

Leaders are not meant to do everything themselves. They are sometimes overwhelmed by responsibilities. Some can be allocated to other employees, while some are strictly for the person in charge. A productive leader knows when and who to allocate tasks and projects.

3. Showcase Realistic Optimism

When things go wrong, a positive mental attitude must deal with the setbacks. They are important lessons on how to be prepared for something similar in the future.

4. Drop Perfectionism

It is normal for leaders to think that they can lead perfectly. However, everyone can make a wrong call or error. Striving for perfectionism adds pressure to the human body and mind. Leaders should instead strive for improvement and constant progress.

5. Self-Management

To successfully manage pressure, an individual needs to understand how building internal capacity helps turn panic to assurance and negativity to positivity. A leader can only manage others when he or she can cope well under pressure.

6. Exercise

Numerous health studies have proven that apart from overall physical health, physical exercise reduces stress. It minimizes anxiety and boosts concentration; thereby, one can make more informed and better decisions.


Leaders are not born with extraordinary abilities to handle stress better than everyone else. They realized that coping with stress is a necessity in the path towards achievement.