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How Do You Communicate Feelings? – Emotional Expression

Leaders who effectively express their emotions use words and physical expressions to communicate their feelings in a constructive way. This helps to build the authentic relationships that contribute to successful leadership. Consider the leader whose facial expression appears to communicate a particular feeling before he utters a word or the leader whose poker face gives absolutely no indication of [...]

By | June 20th, 2017|Leadership Essentials|0 Comments

What are Your Triggers? – Emotional Self-Awareness

When leaders have a solid understanding of what triggers their emotions they can manage themselves and control the impact their emotions have on others. I once worked for a leader whose emotions could be triggered by something as simple as a question that he did not like. His aggressive and condescending response would silence the room. People became hesitant to ask questions or contribute [...]

By | June 13th, 2017|Leadership Essentials|0 Comments

Acknowledge and Recognize the Success of Others

While interpersonal relationships are considered the medium through which leaders gain buy-in, trust, and the resources needed to reach their goals,  the importance of a leader’s ability to form strong relationships within his or her team cannot be understated.  As a leader, the more you strengthen your interpersonal skills, the better you’ll be able to motivate your team [...]

By | May 30th, 2017|Leadership Essentials|0 Comments

Confidence – Comfort with Failure

Leaders are not infallible.  Given the scope of their work and the magnitude of their decisions it goes without saying that a few mistakes are inevitable every now and then.  Mistakes, however, should not be used to de-value one’s sense of self-worth. Even the most soundly planned and researched business deals and projects may not succeed. Attitude, perseverance, [...]

By | May 16th, 2017|Leadership Essentials|0 Comments

Leverage – Strong Relationships

Maintaining mutually beneficial relationships can have immeasurable returns, in terms of providing a supportive network to buffer the negative effects of stress, and promoting a positive team and corporate culture. When relationships are not as strong as they could be, a leader’s impact on the organization may be marginal. Loyal and trusted colleagues create the [...]

By | May 9th, 2017|Leadership Essentials|0 Comments

Leadership Approachability

How would you rate your approachability? As you think about your answer, consider the extent to which others would say that you have an "open door" policy.  Visibility and accessibility are components of approachability. People need to know that they can get to you when needed.  Transparency, another aspect of approachability builds trust and vulnerability creates [...]

By | May 2nd, 2017|Leadership Essentials|0 Comments

To Be or Not To Be Independent – Consider the Implications

In the context of emotional intelligence, being independent means that a leader is capable of feeling, thinking, and working on his/her own.  Leaders that exhibit strength in this area welcome or request guidance from others, but usually make the ultimate decision.  They also accept responsibility for their decisions and mistakes, and acknowledge that people will [...]

By | April 25th, 2017|Leadership Essentials|0 Comments

The Emotional Aspects of Problem Solving – Balance is Important

Leaders need more than just problem-solving skills, they need to work with problems where emotions are involved and recognize how their emotions impact their decisiveness. Leaders with strong problem solving abilities tackle problems head on without being distracted by their emotions. If this is a strength, you likely approach problem solving with logic and gather [...]

By | April 18th, 2017|Leadership Essentials|0 Comments

Control Your Impulses – Think Before You Act

Impulse Control is the ability to show restraint in the face of impulses and temptations to act.  Leaders with high impulse control think before acting, which puts people at ease and promotes a feeling that the leader’s behavior and mood are easily predictable. This results in open and honest communication. Leaders with strong impulse control remain [...]

By | April 11th, 2017|Leadership Essentials|0 Comments

Curiosity – The Power of Our Questions

I remember the time a senior leader said something during a small group conversation that motivated me to ask if he had an alter ego. He enthusiastically answered “Yes!”  He then shared that he calls his alter ego Nomar, which is his first name spelled backwards. As he talked about Nomar's persona, we discovered another dimension of [...]

By | April 4th, 2017|Leadership Essentials|0 Comments