Anxiety is a normal human response, and by its nature, a major part of leadership, but it is a double-edged sword. When unmanaged, it can be a destructive force—as overwork, perfectionism, micro- management, unhealthy diets, drinking, or substance use all impact today’s workplace experience. If harnessed constructively, it can be a catalyst for growth, helping channel superpowers like greater vision, empathy, and communication skills. Anxiety affects over one third of Americans. But anxiety at work, especially among leaders, has long been a taboo topic hidden in plain sight. This evening Morra Aarons-Mele will discuss points from her new book The Anxious Achiever: Turn Your Biggest Fears into Your Leadership Superpower (Harvard Business Review Press, April 11, 2023), and explore ways to transform anxiety from a perceived weakness to a powerful strength.
Morra Aarons-Mele is the host of The Anxious Achiever, a top-10 management podcast that helps people rethink the relationship between their mental health and their leadership. Morra founded Women Online and The Mission List, an award-winning digital-consulting firm and influencer marketing company dedicated to social change in 2010 and sold her businesses in 2021. She helped Hillary Clinton log on for her first internet chat and has launched digital campaigns for President Obama, Malala Yousafzai, the United Nations, the CDC, and many other leading figures and organizations. For more details, visit www. theanxiousachiever.com.