As leaders we are not strangers to stress. Whether it’s managing staff, budgets, operations, or our personal lives, it can sometime be a bit much. All this may lead to us chasing the mythical work-life balance. But how? Those of us who are introverts are another puzzle – a lot of the advice given out that is aimed at extroverts and may not apply to us. So, what do we do? We find out what our unique needs are and how they relate to our optimum functioning; this is the antidote to stress. Together we’ll look at how optimum functioning, needs, and stress are related and ways to find out what our needs are so that we can function at our best and avoid succumbing to stress.