13 Apr 4 reasons emotional leadership is the new indicator for success
This is an important time in history and we need to remember to be HUMAN. In response to United’s behavior earlier this week, it is our job to become better business owners, better managers, better members of our communities and actively practice emotional leadership in a new way. We need to support and empower each other to redefine success and learn to lead with character.
4 reasons emotional leadership is the new indicator for success
Gone are the days when the metric for success is based on the dollar amount in your bank, the achievements won, or the accolades collected. While these are fabulous measures of performance and results, for longer term sustainability, the foundation of a success is built on character. As leaders, entrepreneurs, and business owners, learning to lead with character is imperative. Establishing your essence in developing characteristics grounded in emotional intelligence is drastically shaping the way we look at the new era of success. It begins with self-awareness.
The ability to grow and understand how you operate in the given context of the workplace, your team, or more simply your strengths and shortcomings. When you are more aware and accept the variances and uniqueness your greatest value, your navigation through problem solving and making better decisions comes with ease. You are readily able to understand perspectives and appreciate the ones you may not typically jive with. Lastly, you can commit to take action: whether it’s expanding your ideas, innovating the company, or planning the next step in your career trajectory-this falls into place with profound focus and clarity.
Remember, your mother saying something to the tune of when decisions are made in haste, they rarely ever serve you, or rather come back in some way to haunt you?
Here are 4 essential traits that shape emotional leadership which include these 4 key characteristics:
1. Empathy: Embracing what you are building and for whom you are building by being sensitive and open to the feelings of others. Understanding the perception and the perspective of the other person. This is the art of finding the reasons behind the decision making, and thought process of others. With kindness and warmth, this is the new era of leadership.
2. Vulnerability/transparency- When you are able to be vulnerable and showcase a more “human” and relatable side to you, it offers humility, trust, and respect that is instantly gained. It offers a tremendous opportunity for us to realize we are imperfect beings. Celebrate flaws and champion some aspects that make you human which is desperately something that offers more collaboration and more cohesion with families, businesses, communities, and societies as a whole.
3. Curiosity- There is never any judgment in curiosity. This is a deep understanding and inquisition to know more. To understand why, and to pursue the unknown, gain a different perspective, a different thought process, encourage openness and expansion.
4. Grit- This is the understanding that adversity is a part of life. Embrace the tenacity and fierce capacity to rise up again and again, in the face of the natural ebb and flow of life. In every single life there will be dark times, and it’s not about avoiding them altogether, it’s about understanding how to navigate through the challenging aspects of life and embrace some of the toughest parts along the road. Everyone will have them to some degree or another. It is not about being the victim, but rather opening oneself to life’s valuable lessons that strengthen your core as a human as a result. Utilize the silver lining in each scenario, so that you can make better decisions as a result. Fundamentally leading with a greater capacity for understanding and strengthening your emotional leadership prepares you and steers you forth in the right direction that will not only empower and impact those around you, but make you a more distinguished human being with boundless success in that spills over into different aspects of your life.