Why Smart Leaders Make Dumb Decisions


New Book Links Emotional Intelligence to Stress and Decision Making

The Stress Effect: Why Smart Leaders Make Dumb Decisions—And What to Do About It (Jossey-Bass, May 2010) integrates the most powerful concepts that are shaping the future of leadership and business, such as stress, decision making, emotional intelligence, cognitive ability, and brain science. This book is endorsed by MHS president, Dr. Steven Stein and other well-respected EI practitioners, including Reuven Bar-On, Richard Boyatzis, David Caruso and Marcia Hughes. This latest addition to the EI literature is a must-read for all leaders.

In The Stress Effect, emotional intelligence and leadership expert Dr. Henry L. Thompson explores the powerful and undermining effects of stress on good decision making and what leaders can do to improve their decision-making effectiveness—especially when stressed. Dr. Thompson explains that when leaders’ stress levels become sufficiently elevated—whether in the boardroom, the classroom or on the front line of a manufacturing process—their ability to effectively use their emotional intelligence and cognitive ability in tandem to make wise decisions is significantly impaired. Until now, experts have argued that increasing your emotional intelligence will help you cope with and manage stress. The Stress Effect shows that stress actually blocks access to your emotional intelligence as well as your cognitive ability, two critical components in the decision-making process.

The Stress Effect shows leaders how to build resilience to stress and explores a variety of decision-making techniques as well as performance aids to improve decision making under stress. The book includes a free assessment of the seven best practices (ARSENAL) for building Stress Resilience to evaluate your stress hardiness.

Book reviewer Michelle K. Malsbury has this to say about The Stress Effect:

“This was one of the best books on leadership and stress that I have ever had the pleasure to read and review. I would suggest it as a text for all leadership, management, and business courses at the Masters level and above in universities around the world.”

For more information, visit www.thestresseffect.com.

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