Emotions. Not something leaders like to talk about. I’m not sure why; perhaps it feels too soft?
But emotions are a big part of life and leadership. If you fail to pay attention to them, they can shipwreck your influence.
So how are you doing? No … I mean how are you really doing?
When was the last time you gave any thought to your emotional level? I encourage you to work through the following questions and to be honest with yourself. They will tell you if your emotional tank is nearing empty.
1. Have I felt frustrated lately?
2. Do I find myself angry easier than I should?
3. Am I carrying any bitterness toward someone?
4. Have I lost some of my zest for my work?
5. Am I impatient when I have to wait in line?
6. Does my driving reflect a well ordered life or that I am in a hurry?
7. Do I tend to be frustrated when others make mistakes?
8. Am I able to sleep well when I lie down at night?
Your emotional gauge is a great indicator of your overall happiness level. If you have lost the joy in your life, there might be a good chance you are running low.
Choose one of those questions and do some real work in that area today. You might even need to put yourself in a situation where you are forced to deal with your area of weakness.
Sometimes when I am feeling impatient I will force myself to stand in the longest checkout line or to drive in the slow lane. I hate it! But I must say, it is good to be reminded that the world doesn’t revolve around me.
Master your emotions and you will be well on your way to maximizing your leadership. Ignore them, and you will soon flame out.
Your gauge is talking. I hope you are listening.
Leadership Begins at Home,
Why do you think so many leaders neglect their emotional health?
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Randy is an author, speaker, executive coach, and the CEO of InteGREAT Leadership. He invests his time encouraging leaders around the world.