20 July 2016 14:19:48 IST

How anxiety affects CEO decision making

One of the ways anxious individuals deal with their worries is to lean on trusted people

You might scoff at this but even your oh-so-confident and ‘cool’ boss is likely to be stressed and this, research shows, affects their decision making process. According to Harvard Business Review , job anxiety can cause people to fixate on potential problems, thereby missing good opportunities.

After interviewing 84 CEOs and other top executives of major corporations, researchers found that the more anxious a person is, the less they are willing to take strategic risks. This need not be bad thing as too many risks can harm a company, but smart risks often drive corporate growth. And missing out on opportunities can mean harm to thousands of employees.

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