Morra Aarons-Mele at Harvard Book Store


The Anxious Achiever:
Turn Your Biggest Fears Into Your Leadership Superpower

in conversation with MOSHE COHEN


May 4, 2023
7:00 PM ET


Harvard Book Store
1256 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA 02138


This event is free; no tickets are required.

Harvard Book Store welcomes MORRA AARONS-MELE—founder of Women Online and The Mission List and host of The Anxious Achiever, a top-10 management podcast—for a discussion of her new book The Anxious Achiever: Turn Your Biggest Fears Into Your Leadership Superpower. She will be joined in conversation by MOSHE COHEN, founder of The Negotiating Table and senior lecturer at Boston University's Questrom School of Business.

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About The Anxious Achiever

Anxiety disorders are the most common mental illnesses in the world. But in our workplaces, anxiety has been a hidden problem—there in plain sight but ignored. Until now.

The Anxious Achiever is a book with a mission: to normalize anxiety and leadership. As leadership expert and self-proclaimed anxious achiever Morra Aarons-Mele argues, anxiety is built into the very nature of leadership. It can—and should—be harnessed into a force for good.

Inspired by the popular podcast of the same name, The Anxious Achiever is filled with personal stories, research-based insights into mental health, and lots of practical advice. You'll learn how to:

  • Figure out your own anxiety profile so that you can recognize and avoid common thought traps and triggers
  • Confront bad habits and unhealthy coping mechanisms
  • Resist perfectionism, manage social anxiety, and set boundaries to prevent burnout
  • Deal with feedback, criticism, and impostor syndrome
  • Model—and communicate—healthy behavior as a leader

Whether you're experiencing anxiety for the first time or have been battling it for years, The Anxious Achiever will help you turn your stress and worries into a source of strength for yourself, your career, and the people you lead.

Praise for The Anxious Achiever

"If you are a high achiever and you know—you just know—that you could achieve even more and be happier if you could wrestle your anxiety to the ground, this is your playbook. Aarons-Mele's book is well-researched, highly practical, searingly candid, and deeply empathic. Riveting." —Whitney Johnson, Wall Street Journal bestselling author of Smart Growth

"Aarons-Mele has written an astonishing book. She moves from stories to data to advice in a page-turning way. This is not a book for just anxious achievers—it's a book for any human being who wants to transform their mental health." —Andy Dunn, cofounder and former CEO, Bonobos; entrepreneur; and author, Burn Rate

"Readers will experience a deep and grateful sigh of recognition soon after diving into this wonderful book. Morra Aarons-Mele gently and intelligently guides readers through the different facets of anxiety and shows us how to tame negative self-talk and experience more joy and more success. Wise and practical, The Anxious Achiever is a game changer." —Amy C. Edmondson, Novartis Professor of Leadership and Management, Harvard Business School; author, The Fearless Organization

"Anxiety can be debilitating in our work and in our lives. In The Anxious Achiever, Aarons-Mele shares real-life examples and pragmatic ideas on how we can successfully manage anxiety and convert it into a superpower to help us build meaningful relationships with colleagues and friends and lead with empathy and purpose. This book will help leaders and teams thrive in our deeply uncertain world." —Vivek Bapat, Senior Vice President, Marketing, Brand Purpose, and Sustainability Solutions, SAP

Morra Aarons-Mele
Morra Aarons-Mele

Morra Aarons-Mele

Morra Aarons-Mele is the host of The Anxious Achiever, a top-10 management podcast that helps people rethink the relationship between their mental health and their leadership. A former political consultant, Morra founded Women Online and The Mission List, an award-winning digital-consulting firm and influencer marketing company dedicated to social change in 2010 and sold her businesses in 2021. She helped Hillary Clinton log on for her first internet chat and has launched digital campaigns for President Obama, Malala Yousafzai, the United Nations, the CDC, and many other leading figures and organizations. She lives outside Boston with her family and menagerie. For more details, visit

Moshe Cohen
Moshe Cohen

Moshe Cohen

Moshe Cohen has been teaching negotiation, leadership, conflict resolution and organizational behavior as founder of The Negotiating Table since 1995 and as a senior lecturer at Boston University's Questrom School of Business since 2000. He is the author of two books - Collywobbles, How to Negotiate When Negotiating Makes You Nervous and Optimism is a Choice and Other Timeless Ideas. Moshe studied Physics at Cornell University and has a Master's in Electrical Engineering from McGill University, specializing in robotics. After a dozen years in robotics, he completed his MBA from Boston University and fell in love with negotiation, mediation, and leadership.

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