CNLP 187: Tim Elmore on Anxiety in Young Leaders and Overcoming the Battles We All Face in An Increasingly Stressed World

Almost every leader under 40 feels it – the constant stress, anxiety and uncertainty we’re all plagued by. Dr. Tim Elmore is a world-renowned expert on the issues facing today’s students and young adults. We dive into why so many young adults feel constant anxiety and uncertainty and how to deal with it, with strategies for young adults themselves and every leader who leads them.

Welcome to Episode 187 of the podcastListen and access the show notes below or search for the Carey Nieuwhof Leadership Podcast on iTunes or wherever you get your podcasts and listen for free.

Guest Links

Tim on Facebook | Twitter |

Marching Off the Map

Habitudes Leadership Curriculum

Links Mentioned

The Canadian Church Leaders Conference in Barrie Ontario – June 14-16th, 2018

Industries of the Future by Alec Ross

CNLP 007: Delayed Adolescence: Why So Many Young Adults Fail To Thrive—An Interview With Ted Cunningham

3 Insights from This Episode

1. Leaders can help the next generation battle anxiety with empathy and understanding

Anxiety is such a huge problem in today’s culture. A recent study found that the average teenager in North America experiences the same level of anxiety as a psychiatric patient did in the 1950’s.

The next generation isn’t thriving and it’s our duty as leaders to help them navigate through the stumbling blocks that often paralyze them. Finding empathy and understanding the why behind the anxiety is key to serving and solving this epidemic.

2. Parents should let children fall to develop life skills

Often parents do a better job protecting children rather than preparing them, but over protecting children has implications later in life when they lack necessary life skills.

Let children try out the monkey bars; skin their knees and elbows. Children need to fall down, make mistakes, and even fail. We can’t always keep bad things from happening to them. Instead, we are called to walk through the pain with them and help them learn from the experiences. God does the same thing for us.

3. A healthy balance of autonomy and responsibility are necessary to prepare for adulthood

Autonomy and responsibility go hand in hand for a young person and both are necessary during all developing stages. An imbalance of the two can cause a young person to struggle greatly later in life. Autonomy with no responsibility creates entitlement. Responsibility with no autonomy creates a failure to launch mentality.

Quotes from This Episode

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Next Episode: Jessica Bealer & Gina McClain   

Jessica Bealer and Gina McClain have both led in major ministries for over a decade. They’ve also seen a lot of leaders not make it. What’s the difference? In a super-candid discussion, Jessica and Gina talk about how to develop more resilience and build better self-esteem. They also talk about why, as working moms, they think balance is a joke and what to do about it.

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CNLP 187: Tim Elmore on Anxiety in Young Leaders and Overcoming the Battles We All Face in An Increasingly Stressed World


  1. Dave on July 5, 2020 at 3:38 am

    Hey Carey,
    Love your podcasts! Thanks so much for bringing these great resources to so many.

    Question: with your newer podcasts I love the feature where you provide a pdf transcript of the podcast. As a visual learner, I love to go back through the transcript and scan for key thoughts after I have listened to the podcast. So, are you able to create these transcripts for these older podcasts, like this #187?


    • Carey Nieuwhof on July 5, 2020 at 4:09 pm

      Hey Dave,

      Each of the transcripts take a few hours of my team’s time editing/proofing, ordering, and uploading each of them. Sadly, we just don’t have the bandwidth to go back through all of our podcast episodes and add them in.

      Moving forward, we’ll have them, but sadly we won’t have them for 187.

      I really hope we can continue to help!


  2. Brian Moss on May 10, 2018 at 8:24 am

    Great podcast. I’m wondering, is there a reference for the quote about “the average 17 year old experiences more anxiety than the psychiatric patient of the 1950s”?

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