• Alaina Flowers

The 3 laws of manager stress

Updated: Oct 6, 2021

Let's talk about stress and its relationship with our work as people managers. As you read, see if you can figure out the inspiration behind my Three Laws of Manager Stress™.



The First Law of Manager Stress states "A healthy team stays a healthy team, and a stressed-out team remains a stressed-out team unless acted upon by a force of change."


As managers, we do not want to be the force of change that takes a healthy team and stresses them out. However, we do want to be the force of change that takes a stressed-out team and leads the transition to a healthy team.



The Second Law of Manager Stress states, "The acceleration of a manager's stress depends on the volume of work and the amount of pressure applied."


Lots of work, tight deadlines, high stakes— any one of those things can cause stress all on their own. Unfortunately, many of us deal with 2 or 3 of those (and maybe a few I haven't mentioned) at a time, which only compounds the stress.





The Third Law of Manager Stress states, "Whenever a manager stresses out their team, the team will return an equal amount of stress to the manager and vice versa."


Stress begets stress in the workplace. We aren't the best version of ourselves when we're we're stressed, which can lead us to make decisions and behave in ways that cause stress for others. When we are stressed as managers, we tend to pass that on to our teams, and when our teams are stressed, they sometimes pass that on to us. However, as the leaders of the team, we have the power to break the cycles of stress if we choose.


If there are cycles of stress on your team that you'd like to break, my Manager Flow™ coaching program is for you.



Remember I asked you to see if you could figure out the inspiration behind my Three Laws of Manager Stress? Did you? Check your answer below.


The Three Laws of Manager Stress were inspired by Newton's laws of motion.

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