Some people say that IT management is one of the most stressful occupations, but it is not just the pressure of work that causes the stress, it is also the IT manager's style.
Factors that create negative reinforcement and creeping stress include the high expectations placed upon the IT community through relentless supplier hype and the pressures for delivery. Some styles of personality are more prone to stress than others.
Intolerance of ambiguity
People who find it hard to deal with situations where they are uncertain what is the right answer use a fair amount of psychic energy trying to reconcile different views. There are many situations in managerial life where opinions and inferences play a major part.
Focusing on rigid approaches
Some people are closed to the notion of divergence, meaning that they tend to seek perfection as a response to questions or ways of doing things. Those who live their lives dependent upon sets of rules and principles often feel that allowing for a variety of ways and doing things is sloppy thinking.
Circumstances often force us to deal with the here and now. IT managers chasing their tails over projects often find it very hard to raise their eyes above the short-term horizons. However, there are also those who are inclined to "firefight" and remain focused on the immediate issues.
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