Showing posts from August, 2021

What Does Self-Awareness Got To Do With It?

Well,  how self-aware are you?  I wrote about this in my last post,  here .  Anyone can allow emotions to override discernment or rational thinking. But when this happens to us as leaders, our decision making and solution generation faculties get compromised. Have you ever seen emotions get the best of a leader? I have, and unfortunate things happen. With self-awareness, this can be avoided. Self-awareness is a subset of  emotional intelligence  (EI or EQ), the ability to understand and manage emotions to maximize the effectiveness of relationships, behavior and decision making.  Although emotions can range from very positive to very negative, negative emotions— including anger, contempt, disgust, guilt, fear, and nervousness —typically interfere with effective leadership and cause unfortunate aftereffects.  To assess your emotional tendencies, note and identify feelings and emotions, primarily during moments of stress or trial. Make a habit of stepping back to identify the emotion of

Being Stable

As leaders, we face a variety of pressures and expectations. Today’s corporate environment brings unprecedented challenges. There are as many responses to these pressures as do the personalities  of the leaders behind them. Ineffective or (worse) toxic cultures are a result of leaders who respond to trials in detrimental ways. Consistently effective management requires a high inner stability, making emotional health  one of the most critical attributes we can bring as leaders who  keep organizations running well. Studies and statistics tell us the woes of employees dealing with leaders who make life difficult. The rates of disengagement and turnover attest, in part, to how leaders can make work an undesirable experience. The new front of hybrid work, ups the level. Leaders who cause cultures to have low morale, disunity or distrust are likely to have deficient emotional health. Often this condition stresses the emotional health of everyone. One saying I learned since the pandemic is, &