In the era of relentless change, leaders should not ignore the emotional load and the cognitive charge of disruption.
Yes, innovation is fun.
But it means working through long periods of uncertainty. It means embracing the only way to make progress: keep a focused mind, dive through the muddy waters of execution with the full picture in mind and be visionary. It means to emulate the best leaders and turn to emotional intelligence.
When our survival instincts kick in and command us to do something right here, right now, acting before thinking is too often what we make ourselves available to. But in the end, what is an emotion-based decision?
The kind of choice you have when you sit between frustration and urgency.
If you’re a confident leader wondering how to remain constructive through challenge, ask yourself why the best leaders to turn to emotional intelligence as a guide. What would be the outcome if you trade operational rigidity for emotional agility?
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You’d be surprised if you think you don’t have the skills to handle what comes your way. You actually do. The only missing element is to make sure you have mind space to access your resources at times where you need them the most. It is to learn to create a gap between the emotional charge of the situation and the knowledge you have deep within yourself -that is exactly what you need to move forward.
That’s why wise leaders turn to emotional intelligence to expand their leadership boundaries, reboot their system and chose response over reaction.
So time to introduce vulnerability in your leadership. Start with training your awareness and detecting your own triggers before you end up on the edge of reaction. Think of the exact minute you lose clarity, motivation… or desperately need to upgrade your conversation skills
Here are some of the most commons early warning signs a leader should turn to emotional intelligence:
- YOU LOSE YOUR TEMPER, and operate with impaired judgment
- YOU LOSE CLARITY, which damages your credibility
- YOU LOSE POSITIVITY, and shy away from responsibilities
- YOU LOSE COOPERATION, and the trust of the people you lead
- YOU LOSE MOTIVATION, which gets you stuck in analysis paralysis
- YOU LOSE YOUR WORDS, and let something slip that should have stayed… in your head
- YOU LOSE CONFIDENCE, and can’t follow through
- YOU LOSE CONTROL, and dilute your ability to influence
Discover more in this infographic and learn how to move from emotion-driven to composed and constructive leader