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What does this mean for leaders?

1. Self-Awareness

  • Journaling is a great tool to help increase your self-awareness. You can start by spending a 5–10 minutes every day or once a week to begin with, to write down your thoughts and feelings. This will help you reflect on areas of yourself that you might not do so on a regular basis.
  • Slowing down when you experience any strong emotions such as anger, fear or sadness — slow down to examine why.

2. Self-Regulation

  • Practice being calm — Be aware of how you act next time you are faced with a difficult situation. How do you relieve your stress, worry and/or frustration? Do you shout? Do you belittle someone? Deep breathing is a great way to take back your control and calm yourself emotionally, mentally and physically. Our breath is more powerful than we think and focusing on it can help bring clarity to the situation that we’re in.
  • Know your values — Spend some time evaluating and examining what your values are. Are you aware of what your top five values are? Do you know what and where you can compromise and where you’re not willing to compromise? What is your own “code of ethics”? Knowing what we stand for makes it easier to wholeheartedly make decisions without regret.
  • Hold yourself accountable — Commit to yourself to take full responsibility for your own actions, both the good and the bad.

3. Motivation

  • Reflect and re-examine your ‘why’ — If you’ve been in your role for a long time, it can be easy to forget why you started your chosen career. Taking some time to reflect on why you started can help you get that spark back. Remembering your why will also help you look at your situation from a new perspective.
  • Be hopeful and optimistic — Leaders who are motivated usually have a positive outlook on the future, despite difficult circumstances. They possess a growth mindset that helps them view hardships and low periods as an opportunity to learn, thrive and prosper.

4. Empathy

  • One simple yet difficult technique is to try and put yourself in someone else’s shoes. Make an effort to see a situation from someone else’s perspective.
  • Respond to feelings — Be aware of how your communication effects your employees/team-mates. This can be your tone of voice, eye contact and body-language.
  • Pay attention to body language — According to Albert Mehrabian, the creator of the 7–38–55 communication model — “only 7% of our communication consists of the literal content of the message. The use of one’s voice takes up 38% and 55% of communication consists of body language”. Your body language simply tells others how you’re feeling about yourself and others. As a leader, it is also important to learn how to read body language as you’ll be in a better position to understand how others are feeling, which gives you the opportunity to respond appropriately.

5. Social Skills

  • Learn conflict resolution — As a leader, it’s important to know how to resolve conflict among team members, vendors or customers.
  • Learn how to praise others — We all want to be seen and heard. As a leader, praising your employees for their work and dedication can inspire loyalty.

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