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Getting executives to SIT: building leaders’ resilience and stress tolerance for enhanced organizational effectiveness

Laura P. Dannels (Graduate School of Education and Psychology, Pepperdine University, Malibu, California, USA)
John D. Masters (Graduate School of Education and Psychology, Pepperdine University, Malibu, California, USA)

Development and Learning in Organizations

ISSN: 1477-7282

Article publication date: 20 January 2020

Issue publication date: 19 September 2020

Abstract

Purpose

This paper presents stress inoculation as a method for reducing executives’ stress and enhancing their resilience and performance.

Design/methodology/approach

A review of theory and research on executive stress, resilience, and stress inoculation training was conducted.

Findings

Across studies, stress inoculation training has yielded reductions in performance anxiety and state anxiety while improving performance under stress.

Practical implications

Stress inoculation training offers a highly customized and practical way for executives to design adaptive responses to the stressors they find particularly difficult.

Originality/value

Stress inoculation training traditionally has been applied in clinical settings and in extremely stressful settings (e.g., military, law enforcement). This article describes how this intervention may be applied within organizations as a needed addition to the complement of stress management approaches currently offered to executives.

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Citation

Dannels, L.P. and Masters, J.D. (2020), "Getting executives to SIT: building leaders’ resilience and stress tolerance for enhanced organizational effectiveness", Development and Learning in Organizations, Vol. 34 No. 5, pp. 1-4. https://doi.org/10.1108/DLO-05-2019-0122

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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