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Daily Leadership Thought #58 – Emotions Aren’t Bad


Emotions aren’t bad they just need to be appropriate to the situation and managed accordingly.  In my experience, people often won’t trust or have other concerns about a leader or colleague who is devoid of emotion and seemingly stoic in all situations.  They want authenticity.  The strong silent leadership archetype is no longer as useful as it once was; employees have changed and so have the times.  Sometimes anger is appropriate, just don’t let it get the best of you or cause you to take actions you will later regret.  Worry can be a useful motivator as long as it doesn’t become all encompassing.   Fear can be a natural response to things, but acknowledge it, address it and move on.  Joy can be infectious and should be shared with others to boost their spirits as well.  It’s also okay to be silly and lighten the mood every once in awhile.  Being human means being vulnerable and experiencing the wide gamut of natural emotions.  Don’t suppress what you are feeling.  Instead use it as a means of connecting to others and letting them know it’s okay to be vulnerable as well.  Just make sure you are professional and adult about it.

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