Leaders’ actions actions are influenced by internal commentaries.
Often, these thoughts are self-critical and provoke anxiety.
Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), developed by University of Pennsylvania’s Aaron Beck, provides a systematic way to restructure “irrational self-talk“, as do Albert Ellis‘s Rational-Emotive Behavior Therapy (RET), and David Burns‘ synthesis of CBT and RET.
Arizona State University’s Charles Manz and Chris Neck translated these self-management concepts to managerial development.
They outlined a Thought Self-Leadership Procedure as a five-step feedback loop:
1. Observe and record thoughts,
2. Analyze thoughts,
3. Develop new thoughts,
4. Substitute new thoughts,
5. Monitor and Maintain new, more productive thoughts.
Additional strategies for Productive Thought Patterns at work were summarised by writer Parismita Goswami, drawing on evidence-based Cognitive Behavioural Therapy appproaches.
Other recommendations to tame workplace stress come from John Crimmins of Behaviour Institute.
-*What practices do you use to develop and apply productive thought patterns?