If you may recall, a few weeks back I’d written a post for you that you have what it takes to be a leader. That post also talks about what is true leadership actually means. Before I start, I want you to consider these questions: Have you ever been in a position where someone has led the way for you, whether in an organization or in personal life? How often was that leader charismatic in leading the way for you? Was the person supportive of your ambitions, thoughts, emotions and genuine situations? Did the person empathize? Did they challenge you to be your best selves, in the right way? Did they motivate you and inspire you to stay true to your goal? I can go on and on… but you get the gist, right?
I’ve been informally studying personal conduct, workplace relationships, and even salesmanship for a while. The one thing that stands out for me is how emotions, whether positive and negative, truly set the stage for effective personal and professional leadership. Whether we want to establish trustworthy, long-term relationships or want to influence others, motivate them or simply lead effectively, we need project better thoughts and emotions.
Whether we are entrepreneurs, intrapreneurs, executives or just a happy relationships persons, we can lead and influence people significantly with our emotional intelligence. We’ve become so robotic with our goals and targets that we forget that the foundations of all organizations and relationships are its emotional beings – people. Leading with good emotions enables you to be strategic yet genuine, to be fully competent in any situations. Here are 5 ways by which you can lead with your honest emotions and make the best of the situations:
- Be mindful of people and your relationship with them: It is crucial to practice mindfulness in personal and professional life. Mindfulness allows us to be more empathetic towards another person, in situations where anything else just wouldn’t work. When you put yourselves in another person’s shoes, you’d not only create better bonds but also be more productively effective to lead in demanding situations.
- Be open to opinions and cultures: Of course, you can only be mindful when you truly embrace another person’s opinion and don’t just dig in your thoughts, with a “me first” attitude. Let’s face it, whether in daily life or at work, we’re diverse and we need to be respectful of the same. While it is a two-way street to embrace differences of opinion and diversity, the change only begins with you. So, bring in your open minded, fun and enthusiastic side and see the magic happen.
- Show accountability and be accountable: Whether it is business conversations, such as a sales pitch or your professional conduct, or even a personal friendship, accountability for your behavior and actions is a must. While you’re accountable to yourself it is important to ensure others are accountable as well. Once we hold ourselves accountable for choosing the right emotions in certain situations, such as using humor well, or really knowing if anger ever works, or being silently patient.
- Understand your moods, emotions, and motivators: To truly understand another person’s driving emotional needs, you need to be fully aware of yours first. These dimensions are closely tied together. For example, emotionally intelligent folks know their moods inside out and are more aware of which emotional triggers impact them. This is part of self-management, which is absolutely crucial understand oneself, the impact people have on others through empathy, their own moods, and other triggers. Self-reflection and self-management are key points to good relationships and effective leadership as well moods, for relationship management.
- Be socially aware of situations: This part relates to the profound power of empathy. Emotionally intelligent beings can associate with others and react to others in an honest way. You can build more enduring, positive and lasting relationships when you know the cultural and social situations of the person, at least a background. This doesn’t mean that you probe into personal lives where you’re not needed. This is particularly useful to persuade, lead, network, negotiate and sustain trustworthy relationships.
What is the best insight you can take from this article? Which aspect of your life can you apply this – personal or professional? Do let me know in the comments below. If you have another opinion in this regard, put that down as well.
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