Emotions in Leadership context:
In today’s world. We have various emoticons in our APP store to describe our daily emotions 😀.
Being a shrink , I couldn’t stop myself from writing about emotions and their value in guiding our path and their important role in leadership context.
Emotions are like compass providing us guidance on our direction of sail in life.
I have summarised my reflections on emotions and their impact on leadership journey.
Let’s start with the basic question,What are emotions?
Oxford dictionaries define emotions as “A strong feeling deriving from one’s circumstances, mood, or relationships with others”.
Emotions could be used as data, guiding torch, checking in with ourselves and our surroundings.
Emotions can vary from different range of spectrum and cannot be fully classified as good or bad.
Emotions in leadership context:
Emotional intelligence is an essential ingredient for excellence in leadership.Great leaders are self aware and able to regulate their emotions not to overshadow their decisions.There are three main elements in emotional intelligence- ability to recognise our feelings, regulate it and be a main source of motivation to others.
Emotional intelligence also helps us to stay grounded, have the courage to be confident and also have the courage to admit our mistakes, apologise if necessary and correct them.
Emotional agility is another important ingredient in the recipe for success. Emotional agility means being aware and accepting of all your emotions, even learning from the most difficult ones.
Emotional intelligence and emotional agility are also essential ingredients for good leaders.
An important leadership technique I am learning during my leadership journey is to be more emotionally agile and be able to remain calm in the face of storm.That doesn’t mean that a good leader need not be authentic and vulnerable.
Authenticity and vulnerability are also essential ingredients for good leaders but a great leader is the one who is able to be judicious in their authenticity and vulnerability and be aware of our emotions and regulate then purposely.
When we are self-aware, we always know how we feel, and will know how our emotions and our actions can affect the people around us.
Being self-aware when we are in a leadership position help us in being aware of our strengths and weaknesses .I have started journaling at least for 10 minutes at the end of each day which is helping me to slow down and also reflect and learn from each day of my Leadership journey.
Sharpening emotional intelligence and skills at being more emotionally agile also helps with better conflict resolution.
Conflict are quite common when different peoples join to form a new team as people have different viewpoints and, under the right set of circumstances, those differences can escalate to conflict. Being more emotionally agile helps in spotting conflict at an earlier stage and deal with it constructively .
When I embarked on this leadership journey , the first step I took was to increase the time I spent on my mindfulness meditation as it helps me keep grounded and stay calm in even the most difficult circumstances.Mindfulness meditation also helps me in welcoming every emotions, sit with them ,understand their purpose and regulate the emotions purposefully.
Each one of us may have different techniques ranging from exercise to hobbies that help us stay grounded , it’s important that we dedicate some time to tend these self care activities as self compassion is also a very essential ingredient to be a great leader.