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lead under pressure
September 4, 2020

Day to day pressure is becoming inevitable.

few professional were pressure is a part of life like militants, corporate world, facing deadlines as an officer, police, fire workers, and journalist.

Even as a Government officer, you have to balance lots of sides. You are facing a situation that is creating pressure.

I do agree with the term pressure in day to day life. My point is that only what can be the quantum of pressure? for how many days in a month?

these two things are most important for a peaceful mind and sound health.

Pressure does help you in meeting deadlines and achieving goals. pressure always improve performance standards.

The pressure is helping you in balancing your nature.

Performance pressure is when employees feel an urgency to perform at a high level. This is quite common in the workplace, as marketplace competition ensures that performance will always be valued and tied to substantial consequences for employees. Research has shown that performance pressure can motivate some employees to perform at a high level to gain promotions or salary increases.

However, research has also found that for some employees, performance pressure leads to stress that could impair productivity. Researchers have lacked answers for why some employees are able to handle pressure better than others. This information could help organizations provide resources that foster productivity and a positive work environment. New research (Mitchell et al., 2019) answers this question.

The authors recruited a sample of 108 employees from various industries (education, healthcare, and manufacturing). Participants first completed an initial survey that assessed their level of trait resilience (the ability to handle stress). Then participants received two daily surveys for 10 days. They completed one survey at noon that assessed performance pressure, and a second survey as soon as possible after leaving work for the day. This second daily survey assessed all the other study variables described below.


The researchers found that on a daily basis, those participants who viewed performance pressure as a challenge were more engaged in their work. In turn, these participants had higher task proficiency, and exhibited more citizenship behavior in the workplace (e.g., being courteous or helpful to others).

Adding Trait Resilience to the Mix
The researchers also found that on a daily basis, the above-mentioned associations were stronger depending on trait resilience, which is the ability to handle stress. For participants with lower trait resilience, the relationship between performance pressure, threat appraisal, self-regulation depletion, and incivility was stronger compared to those with higher trait resilience.

For participants with higher trait resilience, the relationship between performance pressure, challenge appraisal, engagement, task proficiency, and citizenship was stronger compared to those with lower trait resilience.


The researchers found that performance pressure can lead to both functional and dysfunctional outcomes. They found that not only did performance pressure affect those with high versus low trait resilience differently, but that the effects can also vary for an individual on a day-to-day basis.

The level of trait resilience was related to whether participants saw performance pressure as a threat or challenge. Those with low trait resilience were more likely to experience it as a threat, and in turn were more likely to have trouble self-regulating, and to be uncivil in the workplace. Those with high trait resilience were more likely to experience performance pressure as a challenge, were more likely to be engaged and proficient in their work, and displayed greater citizenship in the workplace.

My conclusion

Those who want to grow in the life they all have to equip with pressure handling.

You need to analyses very well the difference between a threat and challenges,

About author

Dr Shailesh Thaker

Dr. Shailesh Thaker is a world-renowned management thinker and trainer on organizational behavior and development. He is the CLO of Knowledge Plus Inc., a highly reputed training firm based in Ahmedabad, India, helping organizations to achieve international benchmarks in management practices.

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