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How To Shift High-Functioning Anxiety Into Your Leadership Power

Updated: Feb 19, 2022

Are you aspiring to effectively lead your team, organisation, or business without being bombarded by crippling anxiety?


When you’re in a constant internal battle, this can seem impossible, I know. But if you desire to win that battle, then you’ve arrived at your training camp.


If you value the importance of having the inner strength to be able to perform to the best of your ability, then there’s nothing more vital than sorting through the clutter within yourself to conquer high functioning anxiety to operate at your optimal level.


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According to Bridges to Recovery, “40 million people aged 18 and over will suffer from an anxiety disorder in any 12 month period.” They go on to state that this statistic represents more than 18 percent of the adult population, and that those with high-functioning anxiety suffer from lower levels of self-esteem and self-confidence. Because of this, they tend to compensate for their insecurities by pushing themselves in order to please others.


Clearly, high-functioning anxiety is a prevalent issue facing many ambitious professionals today. So if any of this sounds like you, read on to learn how you can manage and control your high-functioning anxiety so that you can reach your full leadership potential.



What is High-Functioning Anxiety?


According to Forbes Health, high-functioning anxiety typically refers to someone who experiences anxiety while still managing daily life. These people tend to excel at their job and thus tend to be in more senior, leadership-type positions.


On the surface of it, these people appear to be tough-skinned, impervious to criticism, and capable of handling the weight and responsibility of the world on their shoulders. Typically, we expect these people to embody this character and be on-demand 24/7.


But leaders are still human after all.


Meaning they too can feel anxious. They too are vulnerable to feelings to fatigue, uncertainty, pressure, weakness, indecision, and doubt.


Undoubtedly, this mental anguish can often go unreported or untreated. What do they have to worry about you might think? They have it good, sitting at the top of the food chain. Although it may be difficult to quantify the real effects of poor mental health and related anxiety, researchers surmise high-functioning anxiety to be the most pervasive.



What Does High-Functioning Anxiety Look Like In Leaders?


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On The Surface Of It

Leaders with high-functioning anxiety may appear to be the epitome of success. They tend to arrive at work earlier than everyone else. They are usually well-dressed and diligently prepared.


Colleagues may describe them as high achievers, detail-oriented and reliable. Not only that, but they're always willing to assist others where they’re needed. Furthermore, their calendars are jam-packed