From Harvard Business Review’s HBR Presents: a podcast on a mission to reframe how we think about anxiety and mental health at work, with stories from leaders who’ve been there and advice from experts to help you thrive.

 

Anxiety Is Normal. The Way We Hide It Is Not.

Anxiety disorders are the most common mental illness in the U.S. Social anxiety. Panic attacks. Generalized anxiety disorder. We desperately need better models for leadership and a more holistic view of mental health. Our culture tells those of us who suffer from anxiety and depression that we can’t succeed but we tell a different story -- without sugarcoating the tough stuff. We feature stories from people who’ve been there and experts who can help you thrive. 

Although so much has been done (rightly) to promote diversity and wellness at work, there’s a giant hole in the understanding of how temperament and emotions play into not just our daily grind at the office, but the very trajectory of success.

I’m someone who has dealt with anxiety and depression for decades. I’m here with you on a journey to delve into how our mental health impacts and enhances our trajectory to success.

We’re all in desperate need for better models of leadership - especially in a society that tell us anxiety and depression are weaknesses, that they’ll prevent us from succeeding.  I’m here, though, to tell a different story Anxiety is normal. It is part of being a leader And being anxious can, in fact, enhance leadership, creativity, and vision. 

Throughout the season, we’ll hear from great leaders that are compassionate, empathetic...and emotionally complicated.

We’re not here to sugarcoat, but look at the good, the bad, and everything in between. Along the way, we’ll hope to answer your questions about whether you can achieve all your work dreams while struggling with a mental health issue. And we’ll be here to remind you: ANXIETY IS NORMAL. 



 

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