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Great leaders have emotional intelligence!

Emotions can stimulate and encourage people and as leaders we can inspire through emotions and in turn our employees can be motivated.

A dedicated leader will set the emotional tone for what happens in the office.  The staff will most definitely take their cues from us…their boss.

A vital part of the organization and very important element of leadership is about emotional management and how we handle our emotions as business leaders

Learning the ways your emotions affect your workplace will help you understand how to handle them yourself and also how to configure the emotional element of your business.

Connecting with your staff is going to be key.  When you lead with positive emotions, you can be an inspiring leader and your emotional energy can create excitement and motivation.

It is important for anyone in a leadership position to keep their emotions and impulses in check and maintain control over their actions.

Here are some strategies that may help foster your emotional self-control when it’s needed most:

1…Identify and express the weakness or difficulty.

2…Identify your instinctive convictions when you go through the difficulty.  For instance, doing a task you are uncomfortable with might put you in a bad mood and affect the rest of your day.

3…How do you feel as a result of this conviction?

4…Examine all the facts of your situation.  Do you have support for your views? Analyze all the possible explanations.

5…List the thoughts and feelings you have as a result of analyzing and discussing your negative feelings towards the situation.  Does that help you see the situation from a different perspective?

Using these methods will help you to manage your emotions and consciously change your behavior.

As a leader you need to care for your employees while keeping a healthy distance.  If certain staff members are always surrounded by drama, it’s a good idea to distance yourself while still providing guidance, it will only cause you to lose focus.

Emotional self-control is also very important.  Don’t send any emails in haste, make sure you re-read them prior to sending, you can even set your gmail to have a 30 second undo feature if necessary. Remove yourself temporarily from a situation if needed, try a 20 minute break to generate some quiet time and space for yourself in a peaceful environment.

Also remember, emotions can carry over from one situation to the next.  So, be attentive to this and consider postponing any important decisions until you can have a more composed point of view.

A lack of patience and emotions can really hinder anyone in a leadership situation.  It can put you in a position of making rash decisions or being ill-mannered with your staff.  You just want to be able to manage your people calmly to avoid any conflicts.

Remember, learning your emotional stressors will help you develop more patience, connect and work better with others.

Take the time to work on self-awareness and self- control with your emotions, it will undoubtedly help you and your company prosper in the future!

How do you handle emotional self-control?


Dave Baney is the founder and CEO of 55 Questions, LLC.  We work with successful top executives with a driving ambition to crush their competition.  We help CEOs and Entrepreneurs improve alignment, communication and accountability throughout their organization. www.55Questions.com

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