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In the world of business, it's important to be flexible and have a diverse set of skills as a team member, ready to take on whatever challenges arise in a fast-paced and uncertain environment. Regardless of the industry, keeping cool in the face of stress is a well-respected talent that is not always easily achieved. In the financial field specifically, it's very rare for anything to stay too stagnant for long. There's always some client or associate that has a worry and when it comes a person's or business's finances, situations can get stressful in the blink of an eye.

As a leader in the financial industry, or anyone surrounded by an environment full of high stakes and competition, being at the top of your game should be one of the most important items on your to do list. You and your team need to be as adept as possible to navigate the waters of restructures, mergers and the innately competitive industry of the financial world.

Leader of the pack
There are so many ways being a leader affects the business. People not only defer to you for judgment on issues ranging from the banal to the incredibly complicated, but they also see you as a source of strength in times of hardship.

According to the Harvard Business Review, leadership in competitive fields is now viewed in more ways than just heading up a team, but in intangibles such as innovation and strategy. These can be hard to measure, as there is no gauge for completion or failure, but they do determine the success of a company. The best method of articulation for these abstracts is full-disclosure communication. Investors and shareholders want to see progress, and your team should be able to give them a full report, regardless of the result.

Keep your cool when discussing high-stress topics such as finance.Keep your cool when discussing high-stress topics such as finance.

Dealing with stressors
In high-stress and competitive fields such as finance, it's important to communicate effectively in the wake of stressors. Stress makes everything heightened, reported TribeHR, and it can be easy for one to lose his or her cool. Sensitivities become exaggerated and fuses inevitably become shorter, and what started out as a business conversation can turn into a painful experience.

To avoid these issues, refrain from cutting into someone's train of thought and respond to them when they are finished with their side, just as common courtesy dictates. It's also helpful to be as concise as possible. There's no need to be verbose when the stress is running high. Wordier conversations lead to more opportunities to get riled up, but business should not veer away from the subject at hand.

Of course, this is not to say that it's not alright to become passionate during an interaction, but keeping it as professional as possible includes exuding a calm and collected front.

There are many aspects of business that provide opportunities for stress. However, it's important to communicate effectively and build relationships between you and other businesses that will remain fruitful for years to come.