The Anxious Achiever: Turn Your Biggest Fears into Your Leadership Superpower


Author: Morra Aarons-Mele
ISBN: 9781647822538
Format: Hardcover
Publisher: Harvard Business Review Press

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Transform your anxiety into your biggest strength.

Anxiety disorders are the most common mental illnesses in the world, affecting up to one in eight adults each year, but in our workplaces, and among our leaders, anxiety has been a hidden problem—there in plain sight but ignored. Until now.

The Anxious Achiever is a book with a mission: to normalize anxiety in the workplace and help leaders and high achievers transform anxiety from an apparent weakness into a strength. Morra Aarons-Mele argues that anxiety is normal, built into the very nature of leadership; it can—and should—be harnessed into a superpower.

Drawing from the successful podcast of the same name, The Anxious Achiever is filled with quotes from psychologists and experts in the field and packed with practical advice. You will learn how to:

  • Figure out your own anxiety profile so that you can recognize and avoid common thought traps and triggers
  • Confront bad habits and unhealthy coping mechanisms
  • Resist perfectionism, manage social anxiety, and set boundaries to prevent burnout
  • Deal with feedback, criticism, and impostor syndrome
  • Model—and communicate—healthy behavior as a leader of an anxious organization

Whether you’re experiencing anxiety for the first time or have been battling it along with other mental health challenges for years, The Anxious Achiever is the only book you’ll need to help turn your stress and worries into a source of strength for you, your career, and your organization.